POLICE believe they have smashed an international drugs ring which has seen deadly batches of heroin shipped in from Asia on to the streets of Hartlepool.
Officers carried out a series of raids across Cleveland, Bedfordshire and Greater Manchester yesterday morning after a year-long probe into the supply of heroin.
Detectives say potentially lethal substances are travelling thousands of miles before flooding the streets of Hartlepool.
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• Anyone with information about drug activity in their area should ring Cleveland Police on (01642) 326326 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.