Two arrested as police seize quantity of '˜legal highs'

A quantity of '˜legal highs' have been seized in a police operation.

Wednesday, 15th June 2016, 7:54 am
Updated Wednesday, 15th June 2016, 8:58 am
Neighbourhood Inspector Mark Storey with some of the items seized.

Officers carried out a search warrant at a house in St Julian Gardens, Wallsend, last Friday.

Two men, aged 26 and 43, were arrested on suspicion of supplying psychoactive substances.

A large quantity of psychoactive substances were seized along with a number of weapons, including knives, and a significant amount of cash and alcohol.

The Psychoactive Substances Act came into effect on May 26, which provides a blanket ban on the production, supply and importation of new psychoactive substances, previously known as ‘legal highs’.

While the new act does not criminalise simple possession of psychoactive substances it is an offence to possess them with intent to supply them to others.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, said: “I have long campaigned for new powers for law enforcement to tackle this issue, and I am pleased to see this new legislation is being put to good use by our neighbourhood teams.”

Superintendent Mick Paterson, of Northern Area Command, said: “This action shows that we are taking the new legislation seriously and will enforce the law.

“We know that substances so-called ‘legal highs’ do cause great harm and now that the supply of them to others has been made illegal we are determined to do all we can to prevent them being sold in our neighbourhoods.”

“We want to thank the community who have helped us by coming forward with information which has enabled us to carry out this activity today.

“I want to encourage people to come forward and speak to officers if they have concerns about people selling legal high substances, or any other drugs in their communities, so we can deal with them.”

Anyone with information about people involved in the legal high’s drug trade should contact police on 101, or ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Local neighbourhood officers are in the area keeping local people updated with this policing activity.