Heroin Estimated to Be Worth a Quarter of Million Pounds Seized Following Routine Stop and Search by Stockton NPTs
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Officers from the Stockton Neighbourhood team stopped and searched a Mercedes vehicle on Hampden Way in Thornaby yesterday, Thursday 15th July.
£2,000 in cash, suspected cocaine and mobile phones were seized and two males were arrested on suspicion of drugs offences.
In connection with the arrests, officers conducted a drug warrant at a property on Bowesfield Lane in Stockton and police forced entry into a locked bedroom.
An estimated £250,000 worth of suspected heroin and around £16,000 (estimation) worth of cash and drugs paraphernalia was seized from the room and a woman was arrested on suspicion of drugs offences.
Stockton Neighbourhood Chief Inspector Chris Smiles said: “Yesterdays result highlights the power of conducting routine stop and searches in our communities and I am proud of my team for the results they achieved.
“Following the arrests of the males, officers went above and beyond to conduct further searches and left no stone unturned. This has resulted in a huge amount of suspected heroin being seized which could have caused serious harm or fatalities once consumed.
“I hope the results from yesterday stand as clear warning to others that we will not tolerate this level of crime. Drugs cause nothing but misery in our communities and we will do everything possible to clamp down on serious and organised crime and bring people to justice”.
The males and female currently remain in custody and the stop and search was executed as part of Operation Endeavour.
Anyone who may have information regarding drugs activity in their local area is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or go online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.