Two suspected drug dealers charged as Operation Venetic continues
08 Oct | 12:09

Two suspected drug dealers have been charged for their alleged involvement in an illicit supply chain worth £800,000.

The activity was carried out as part of Operation Venetic, a sophisticated clampdown on organised criminals which was launched last year and saw international law enforcement agencies working together to infiltrate encrypted messaging platform EncroChat.

And yesterday (Thursday) that activity continued when officers from Northumbria Police uncovered evidence of the alleged sale and distribution of Class A and B drugs on Tyneside.

Following a range of enquiries, they arrested and subsequently charged two men aged 51 and 56, on suspicion of supplying more than 20kg of cocaine, with an estimated street value of around £800,000.

The men have since been released under investigation and are due to appear in court next month.

Detective Inspector Marc Michael from Northumbria Police’s Crime department said: “Serious and organised crime has no place on the streets of Northumbria, and as a Force we will do all we can to dismantle and disable the groups who try and make money from drug supply. 

“We know that the profits from the sale of illegal substances is often used to fund further criminal activity which can have harmful and destructive consequences for our communities.

“The public can be assured that we will do all we can to keep them safe and to tackle this type of criminality on both a national and local level. Our work will continue nationally as part of Operation Venetic, and locally as part of Operation Sentinel.”

Anyone who wants to report suspicious activity can do so using the Tell us Something page on our website. Or Alternatively, they can contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111.

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