Police seize drugs in major swoop

DRUGS have been seized from Alnwick, Amble and Red Row residents, during a police operation which uncovered cannabis, heroin and stolen property throughout Northumberland, resulting in more than 30 arrests.

Police executed over 50 warrants in a county-wide, month-long swoop.

Houses, sheds and garages were searched as part of the intelligence-led operation and thousands of pounds worth of illegal cannabis, MDMA, heroin and amphetamine were seized by officers.

A number of laptops, tools and electronic equipment which were believed to be stolen were also taken by police.

Of those arrested, a number were charged, given police cautions or remanded in custody, while some suspects remain on bail pending further inquiries.

A 28-year-old Amble man had cannabis seized while a 24-year-old woman from the town had the Class B drug and amphetamine taken from her. Both were given a caution for possession.

Meanwhile, a 27-year-old Alnwick man was warned for possessing cannabis, which was also seized.

A 20-year-old from Red Row was found to be cultivating a small quantity of cannabis plants, which police seized, and he was issued with a warning.

Chief Inspector Peter Reeve, of Northumberland Area Command, said: “Tackling illegal drugs remains a priority for officers in Northumberland.

“The crimes that are associated with drug taking are of equal concern. Those addicted to drugs steal and burgle to pay for their drugs and they are causing real problems for our communities.

“Burglars are scouring streets looking for easy opportunities to get inside homes and steal belongings. They are getting into houses through unlocked doors while the homeowners are in the garden or upstairs at the time. “

“We found that during the month 55 per cent of all burglaries committed in Northumberland were to insecure properties – where the occupants had left doors and windows open.

“We will continue to keep reminding the people of Northumberland to lock their doors and windows in order to keep burglars out of their homes.”