A suspected drug dealer has been arrested and a haul of illicit items seized after dawn raids in Newcastle.

Police executed warrants at two addresses in Benwell on Wednesday morning as part of a crackdown on drug supply in the West End of the city.

Officers gathered intelligence around the supply of Class A drugs and believed the addresses on Yewcroft Avenue and Benwell Village Mews were linked to drug dealing.

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During the raids, conducted by Northumbria Police as part of Operation Sentinel, four mobile phones were seized and a quantity of cannabis and cocaine.

A 56-year-old woman was also arrested at the property on Yewcroft Avenue and has since been released under investigation.

Police have warned those who involve themselves in this type of criminality to expect a knock on their door.

Detective Chief Inspector Mal Stratton said: “Warrants such as this are the result of a lot of hard work by our Operation Sentinel team off the back of intelligence from the community.

“We have been told about concerns relating to specific individuals and have responded to those calls with an abrupt wake up call for our suspects.

“We have seized drugs, mobile phones and paraphernalia and a suspected dealer has been brought into our custody.

“Our message is clear – if you supply drugs in our communities then you should expect our Operation Sentinel team to come bursting through your door and place you under arrest.”

Operation Sentinel is a joint initiative between Northumbria, Durham, Cleveland and the North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU). It aims to disrupt serious and organised crime on a regional level.

Anyone with information about drug supply in their community can report it online at the Northumbria Police website or by calling 101.

You can also report information anonymously by contacting independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.