Men in court over £7m drug haul

TWO men have appeared in court after £7m worth of drugs were seized in a police operation.

Aaron Nesbitt, 26, from Billingham, and Kirk Anderson, 35, from Stockton, both face two drug charges after the North East Regional Organised Crime Unity (ROCU) carried out a raid.

Officers from the team, which targets organised crime, recovered around 30kg of heroin and 400kg of amphetamine from an address in Topcliffe, North Yorkshire, on Wednesday, January 9.

Detectives say the drugs have an estimated street value of between £6m and £7m.

Detective Superintendent Tim Walker, from ROCU, said: “This seizure has stopped a significant amount of controlled drugs from potentially causing harm in our communities, and those farther afield.

“We have many more inquiries to make in this large scale investigation.

“The North East ROCU are committed to protecting this part of the country from damaging and dangerous criminality.”

Nesbitt, of Headland Road, and Anderson, of Etherley Walk, appeared at Teesside Magistrates Court today, January 11, charged with possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs and conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs.

They did not enter any pleas and were remanded in custody to appear at Teesside Crown Court on January 17.