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Organised crime raids net more suspects.

A TOTAL of 11 people have now been arrested as police continue their crackdown on organised crime in Gateshead.

Police struck at eight homes in Felling as part of Operation Falk land. Suspects were given a rude awakening when officers smash ed in their front doors at around 7am on Tuesday morning.

Four men and one woman were arrested on suspicion of conspira cy to supply class A drugs and five suspected air weapons were seized, alongside cash.

More raids were carried out yesterday morning. Seven houses were searched by officers and six men arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Suspected stolen electrical equipment, bikes and cash were also seized.

Earlier this year, Operation Falkland was set up to disrupt the supply of class A drugs and dis mantle organised crime.

Police say they carried out a six month investigation before this week's raids.

Central area command super intendent David Felton said the raids would continue this week. He said: "Operation Falk land was set up on the back of concerns from the local commu nity and an increase in communi ty intelligence.

"We won't tolerate organised crime and will do all we can to disrupt and dismantle the crimi nal behaviour of those suspected of being involved.

"Our activity will not stop today and we will continue to take action to stop the supply of drugs and associated crime."

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 17, 2016
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