£40k drugs seized in raids

POLICE have praised members of the community after thousands of pounds worth of drugs were recovered in three separate raids this week.

Detectives have hailed residents for helping in the fight against drugs after cannabis and cocaine were found in three separate raids in Hartlepool.

On Wednesday, police swooped on a property in Murray Street and found 56 cannabis plants worth an estimated £25,000.

No one has been arrested in relation to the incident and inquiries are ongoing.

On Thursday, a 41-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and handling stolen goods after Hartlepool’s drugs unit and CID raided a house in Cornwall Street and recovered £500 of suspected cocaine.

Yesterday officers discovered a cannabis farm of 29 plants at an address in Shrewsbury Street, worth around £13,000.

Detective Sergeant Daryll Tomlinson, of Hartlepool CID, said: “We’d like to thank the community for their assistance in providing us with information in regards to drug activity in the local area.

“The warrants we have executed this week are as a result of this information and they are a prime example of how we are dedicated to winning the war on drugs.

“We will endeavour to act on all information wherever possible.”

Anyone with information regarding drug activity is asked to contact police on 101 or the Hartlepool Dedicated Drugs line on (01642) 302181. Alternatively, people can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.