Charges after raids

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TWO people arrested in a raid on a Hartlepool home as part of a police campaign to target an international drug network have been bailed.

Police arrested 12 people across the Cleveland force area during dawn raids on Tuesday, as reported in the Hartlepool Mail.

Four men aged 20, 23, 25, and 29, have since been charged with conspiracy to supply drugs and were due to appear at Teesside Magistrates’ Court this morning.

The other eight people have been bailed pending further investigation, including a man, aged 35, and a 29-year-old woman who were arrested in Minch Road, Hartlepool, on suspicion of conspiracy to supply drugs.

Properties were also targeted in the Bedford and Oldham areas as part of a year-long probe into the supply of heroin, codenamed Operation Kestrel.

Three men and one woman from the Oldham area have also been charged and appeared at Oldham Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Detectives are investigating the alleged trafficking of drugs into the region from Asia.

Police swooped on 15 addresses across the Cleveland area simultaneously, seven buildings were searched by Greater Manchester Police, and five by the Bedfordshire force.

A total of 120 police officers were involved in the day of action.