Police seize drugs and cash during Hartlepool raids

SWOOP: Cleveland Police drugs officers raided properties
SWOOP: Cleveland Police drugs officers raided properties

DRUGS and cash were seized by drugs cops after four addresses were targeted in early-morning raids.

Police swooped on four town centre addresses as part of Operation Lenok.

Officers from Cleveland Police’s Community Drug Enforcement Team spilt into three squads to raid properties in Angus Street, Harrow Street and Mason Walk at 8.30am on Friday.

A fourth property, in Bede Grove, was also visited by the officers. Around 1,000 diazepam tablets and a quantity of suspected amphetamines were discovered at the house in Mason Walk, resulting a 43-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman being arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A and B drugs with intent to supply.

A small quantity of cocaine was found at the house in Harrow Street, where a man, 33, and a 27-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug.

The swoop on Angus Street did not result in any arrests after nothing was recovered.

But a 33-year-old man and a woman, 32, were arrested after the swoop on Bede Grove on suspicion of money laundering after £3,000 was seized.

Detective Inspector Christian Ellis, who leads the drugs team, said: “Raids like the one carried out on Friday often start with reports from the neighbourhood, and the information we receive is used as a vital part of our investigations.

“We obtained four warrants through the magistrates’ court to carry out searches of the properties and were happy with the outcome of the operation.”

The team which carried out the raid in Angus Street were joined by Barry Coppinger, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland.

Mr Coppinger said: “I come out on raids like this on a regular basis, and this was a very well planned operation.

“It involved the drugs team, neighbourhood officers, specialist teams and the dog unit so it is encouraging to see all of those teams working together.

“Issues like this are regularly reported to us by members of the community, so I hope they are resassured to see action being taken in this way.”