Three quizzed after pub drug raids

THREE men were arrested after police swooped on pubs during an operation to target drugs crime.

The arrests came as Stockton Police launched a clampdown on two pubs in Billingham as part of Operation Lumberjack, which cracks down on people in possession of drugs in pubs and clubs.

Officers visited the premises with a drugs dog, specially trained to identify people carrying illegal substances.

The operation was carried out in partnership with Stockton Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT) whose aim is to identify the scale of the issue in the Stockton district and to provide support to people found in possession of drugs.

Six men aged 51, 45, 39, 37, 32 and 30 were bailed and cautioned.

A 21-year-old man was bailed and is due to be interviewed by police.

A 37-year-old man was charged with possession of Class A drugs and will appear at court.

Inspector Mick Jackson, who led the operation, said: “There is a great deal of work taking place across Stockton to reduce drugs misuse and this operation reflects the intelligence-led and proactive approach that we take.

“We will continue to work alongside partners to remove illegal substances from our streets.

“Anyone considering walking the streets of Stockton in possession of drugs should think again.”