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Three people arrested after dawn raids in Gateshead to tackle organised criminal activity
17 Jan | 09:59

Three people have been arrested and a stash of illegal drugs seized after raids in Gateshead last week.

Last Friday (January 11) Northumbria Police executed warrants at two addresses in Winlaton as part of an investigation into organised crime.

A team of officers executed the warrants at the addresses after information from the public where one man and two women were placed under arrest on suspicion of drugs offences.

Police also seized a quantity of Class A and B drugs and more than £6,000 in cash.

Northumbria Police’s Superintendent Peter Bent said raids such as this were vital to disrupt organised criminal activity.

He said: “This was a good result that shows we are continuing to take a strong stance on suspected drug dealing in our local communities.

“These warrants were executed as part of a wider investigation into organised crime and should come as a warning to those people who think they are above the law.

“A number of suspects have been arrested and our investigation into suspected drug dealing in Winlaton will continue.

“If you have any knowledge of suspected illegal activity in your area then we would ask you to report it. These raids show that strong action will be taken.

“We have already had some great results in putting offenders behind bars.”

A 33-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of supplying a Class A drug, and two women, aged 55 and 31, were arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class A drug. They have since been released under investigation.

Anyone who has information about drug dealing is encouraged to contact police on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

You can also report information online at or email


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