Officers tackling the illegal drugs trade across Wearside have arrested two suspected drug dealers and seized £16,000 worth of cocaine in a raid on Sunday morning.

Northumbria Police raided the address on Frank Street in Sunderland in the early hours of Sunday 1st August.

The operation was carried out by Northumbria Police as part of Operation Sentinel, the Force's on-going clampdown on organised crime.

Significant amounts of cocaine and cannabis were recovered from the property, some of which had been concealed inside a child's sleeping bag.

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£10,000 in cash, a number of mobile phones and other drugs paraphernalia were also seized by police.

A man, aged 28, and a woman, aged 24, were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A and B drugs, and were taken into custody.

Detectives seized £16K worth of cocaine in a crackdown on illegal drug supply
Detectives seized £16K worth of cocaine in a crackdown on illegal drug supply
Detectives seized £16K worth of cocaine in a crackdown on illegal drug supply
Detectives seized £16K worth of cocaine in a crackdown on illegal drug supply

They have since been released under investigation.

Detective Inspector Iain Saville from Northumbria Police said:

"This was a great outcome as we have stopped a large quantity of cocaine reaching our communities and the profits of its sale lining the pockets of organised criminals.

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"This is a significant seizure and comes as part of Operation Sentinel and hopefully shows our communities just how serious we are about tackling this type of criminality.

"Highly addictive, illicit drugs have no place here and we will make no apologies for our strong stance against this.

"I'd like to thank all the officers involved for their diligent work and successful result."

If you suspect drug misuse or supply in your community, please report it to police via the 'Tell Us Something' page of our website or by calling 101.

Alternatively, you can pass on information to independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by ringing 0800 555 111.

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