Cannabis seized in drugs swoops

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POLICE have arrested 35 people across Northumberland in connection with drug and burglary offences.

The arrests came after 56 search warrants were executed as part of the month-long Operation Cranson.

In Morpeth, a 42-year-old woman was arrested at her home in Stobhill last Wednesday after officers found cannabis inside a first aid box. She admitted possession and was issued with a cannabis caution.

Meanwhile, a 20-year-old man from Red Row was given a police cannabis warning after officers found a small quantity of plants being cultivated in his home for personal use. The plants were seized and will be destroyed.

Morpeth Inspector Dave Simpson said: “My aim is to ensure that anyone committing crime is identified and dealt with.

“By targeting those who use and deal in illegal drugs we are also tackling other forms of crime. The link between drugs and other acquisitive crime, such as burglary and theft, has always been real and we will use all our powers to identify offenders and take swift action.”

Other arrests were made in Ashington, Blyth, Bedlington, Amble, Alnwick and Berwick.

Houses, sheds and garages were searched during the intelligence-led operation and thousands of pounds worth of illegal cannabis, MDMA, heroin and amphetamine was seized.

Laptops, tools and electronic equipment, believed to be stolen, were also found.