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Police seize estimated £100,000 of cocaine concealed behind bath panel
20 Sep | 15:18
Two people have appeared in court after police seized a huge haul of drugs estimated to be worth nearly £100,000.
 
On Wednesday evening an operation was launched after police received information about the location of a large quantity of Class A drugs.
 
Enquiries led police to an address in Newcastle city centre where it was believed the drugs could have been hidden.
 
During a search of a the property officers uncovered a large quantity of white powder concealed behind a bath panel.
 
The drugs were seized by police and have been sent for testing but it is believed to be 2kg of cocaine worth an estimated £85,000.
 
A male and female were arrested at the scene and have since appeared in court after being charged with possession with intent to supply a Class A drug.
 
Northumbria Police’s Detective Inspector Mal Stratton said: “It is always a big result for police to seize such a large quantity of drugs.
 
“This would be worth a lot of money to organised criminals and now we have been able to take it off the streets.
 
“We are committed to tackling organised crime and this kind of activity ramps up the pressure on those involved in criminal activity.
 
“Under the banner of Operation Sentinel we will continue to target those involved in drug dealing and put suspects before the courts.
 
“I would ask anyone with information about drug dealing in their community to do the right thing and get in touch with police.”
 
Both those appeared at Bedlington Magistrates Court today and will appear before Newcastle Crown Court at a date to be confirmed.
 
Anyone with information about drug dealing, or those involved in organised crime, should contact police on 101 or visit the Northumbria Police website.
 
You can also call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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