Middlesbrough Neighbourhood Team officers working alongside colleagues made ten arrests over the course of a week in connection with reported drugs offences, resulting in eight people charged.
On Thursday 18th May, a 19-year-old man was charged after officers in North Ormesby reportedly stopped a man and recovered £1,300 worth of suspected crack cocaine and a knife.
A day later, an 18-year-old man allegedly made off from officers in Middlesbrough town centre and was detained reportedly in possession of over £4,300 worth of crack cocaine and heroin. Subsequently, £1,100 in cash was seized at a property believed to be linked to him. The man was charged.
On Tuesday 23rd May, a machete was recovered and 17 deals of crack cocaine were seized when a 16-year-old boy was reportedly spotted acting suspiciously and was searched by officers on Aire Street. He was charged and remanded in custody.
The same day a 30-year-old male was stopped and searched by officers who found a quantity of suspected crack cocaine. A subsequent search of a property then led to the recovery of further suspected class A drugs. The male was charged and remanded in custody.
Around £500 worth of crack cocaine was recovered after a 22-year-old man was searched by officers on Wednesday 24th May on Falmouth Street. The man was charged and remanded in custody.
A 21-year-old man and 25-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs later the same day and crack cocaine was recovered. Both have been bailed whilst enquiries continue.
On Thursday 25th May, a warrant was carried out at a property on Essex Street whereby suspected crack cocaine believed to be worth around £23,500 was recovered along with around £2,000 in cash.
Two men aged 23 and 25 and a woman aged 23 were charged and remanded in connection with possession with intent to supply class A drugs.
Inspector Darren Birkett said: “Our fight against drugs across Middlesbrough will continue. Officers have been working tirelessly, with one shift staying on duty for around 25 hours to ensure that charges were secured. Anyone who thinks it’s acceptable to distribute drugs in Middlesbrough is warned that it is only a matter of time before we come to your door.”