Car leads to 200k drugs haul

DRUGS with a potential street value of £200,000 have been uncovered after a routine car check.

A kilo of suspected crack cocaine was found during the search of a house linked to a car that had been pulled over by police.

Around £100 worth of cannabis bush was found inside the vehicle. Officers raided the home where they found £40,000 worth of the hard drug.

Officers say the substance would be enough for 1,000 deals, but if mixed with 4kgs of cutting agent found at the same address the value would soar to £200,000.

Three arrests have been made following the raid in the Low Grange area of Billingham.

Inspector Andy Fox, of Stockton Police, said: “We are determined to clamp down on anyone who is believed to be involved in the supply and misuse of drugs in order to make communities safer.

“This is one of three successful drugs raids in the Stockton area over the last few days.”

The raid took place on Saturday after a routine stop and search of a car was carried out on the A19.

A 40-year-old man has since been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs. A 27-year-old woman and 23-year-old man were also arrested on suspicion with intent to supply class A drugs.

All three have been released on bail pending further police investigations and the suspected drugs have been sent away for analysis.

Anyone with information about drug dealing can contact Cleveland Police on (01642) 326326 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.