POLICE made three arrests and are on the hunt for a fourth suspect as part of an operation to smash a heroin and cannabis ring.
Operation Crash II saw police smash down three doors in Hartlepool after gathering information from concerned residents living nearby.
Officers say they uncovered a suspected cannabis farm containing 50 plants which is believed to be worth around £20,000.
They say they also found drugs paraphenalia that is suspected to be related to heroin dealing.
Dozens of officers were involved in the crackdown in the Burn Valley and Belle Vue areas of the town.
Police say the raids were aimed to give out a strong message they will protect communities from drugs and act on any information people can give them.
A team of 25 officers targeted houses in Rugby Street, Eton Street and South Parade during the raids at 10.30am on Friday.
A 36-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of possessing a class B drug and abstracting electricity.
Another woman, 29, was also taken to Hartlepool Police Station in the town’s Avenue Road after paraphernalia associated with heroin dealing was recovered.
Police are now seeking a 34-year-old man for questioning in relation to a cannabis farm recovered from an address on South Parade.
Detective Sergeant Daryll Tomlinson, of Hartlepool Police’s drug unit, said: “These raids show our commitment to targeting suspected drug dealers who are causing misery in local communities by trafficking drugs.
“We will continue to respond to community intelligence and urge residents to contact us in relation to drug related issues in their area.”
People can call the police on 101, Hartlepool anonymous drugs line on (01642) 302181 with any information concerning the supply of controlled drugs or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.