Police operation recovers £2.7m worth of drugs

Nearly £3million worth of drugs has been seized by Police in the last year.

Monday, 10th February 2020, 7:00 am
Det Chief Supt David Felton (inset) has praised the work of Operation Sentinal.

In the first year of Operational Sentinel, Northumbria Police’s officers seized more than 55kg of drugs with an estimated street value of £2,711,000.

And they put some of the most dangerous offenders behind bars for a combined total of 257 years.

Detective Chief Superintendent David Felton, the Force’s new head of crime, has warned his team is ready to ramp up their action.

He said: “This year we will continue to carry out surveillance on criminal gangs, tracking and monitoring their organisations, the people involved in them and the activities they carry out.

“There will be nowhere to hide when we come for you.

“Since we launched Operation Sentinel, our officers have worked tirelessly to make sure anyone involved in illicit criminal activity is brought before the courts.

“Their achievements in the past year have been no mean feat and I would like to say a massive thank you to all of them for their hard work.”

Operation Sentinel is a joined up initiative involving Durham, Cleveland and the North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU).

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Kim McGuinness, said: “The results speak for themselves – the hard work and joint approach pays off and we need to keep it up.

“The message is clear – those responsible for serious crimes will be caught and robust action will be taken.”