DRUGS with a street value of £120,000 were found in a car that was believed to have been in Hartlepool and was carrying two children.
An 11-year-old boy and one-year-old baby girl were passengers in the silver Mercedes which was stopped by police after being picked up on the outskirts of town.
The driver, a 32-year-old man, was eventually pulled over by traffic cops for speeding on the A19 near Dalton Park.
But a search of the car revealed 12kg of powder, believed to be amphetamine, stashed in the boot.
Police have described the find as “massive” and have launched a probe into where the suspected drugs came from and where they were headed for.
Detective Sergeant Daryll Tomlinson of Hartlepool Drugs Unit, leading the investigation, said: “Investigations are ongoing to try to establish the
vehicle’s movements and we are investigating a suspected connection with Hartlepool.”
Police were alerted to the Mercedes C270 as it travelled north of Hartlepool at around 12.45pm on Wednesday.
It was searched after being pulled over on a slip road near Dalton Park.
Det Sgt Tomlinson said: “Road traffic police picked it up on the outskirts of Hartlepool.
“They thought it was going a little bit too fast and puled it over for a routine check.
“After it was stopped and searched we were contacted due to the find of the 12 blocks of compressed powder in the back.
“There is now a wider investigation to establish where it came from and where it was destined to go but 12kg of any controlled substance is massive.”
The suspected amphetamine, commonly known as “speed”, was divided into 12 one kilogram packages.
The driver, from the Newcastle area, was arrested on suspicion of possession of Class B drugs with intent to supply.
He has been bailed pending investigations including forensic tests of the powder.
Anyone with information about drugs activity in Hartlepool can contact a 24-hour hotline on (01642) 302181.