Northumbria Police have seized more than £2 million worth of drugs during a four month crackdown in Ashington.
Operation Momentum was launched in October in a bid to tackle drug supply and misuse across the town. The most recent success came on Tuesday (February 2) as officers uncovered a cannabis farm inside a home. Officers located plants with a value of around £40,000 in the front living room of a Castle Terrace property.
Five people found within the address were arrested on suspicion of drug charges and the operation was dismantled. It was also found that the electricity at the address had been dangerously by-passed.
Operation Momentum is a large-scale initiative to target organised criminality with an emphasis on ridding the streets of drugs. Northumbria Police are working hand-in-hand with communities and partners to disrupt and tackle this type of offending.
With regards to the cannabis farm uncovered on Tuesday, quite often these illicit operations attract anti-social behaviour and the proceeds can be used by organised criminals to fund other types of serious crime.
Northumbria Police are encouraging residents who suspects drug misuse or supply in their area to report their suspicions to police. It may be there is a strong smell of drugs, strangers are loitering in the street or a particular property may be being regularly visited by a number of different people.
Reporting could help save a life in more ways than you might imagine. Cannabis farmers do not make for good neighbours. In many cases, the electricity is by-passed which could have catastrophic consequences not only for those in that property, but families living nearby.
You can contact Northumbria Police by visiting Home : Northumbria Police or by calling 101.
You can also give information regarding criminality in your area by contacting Crimestoppers at Independent UK charity taking crime information anonymously | or by calling 0800 555 111.
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