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9 November 2012, 11:11
Cleveland Police's Organised Crime Unit's seized £1.5million worth of drugs after raids in the Manchester area.
Officers from Cleveland stopped three men, two from the Stockton area and the third from Middlesbrough, in Halifax as they made their way from Manchester back to Stockton with drugs believed to be cocaine worth in excess of £20k.
They also searched addresses in the Failsworth area of Manchester supported by officers from Greater Manchester Police.
Two more people were arrested and a further 11 ½ kilos of drugs believed to be heroin; along with a quantity of what is believed to be cocaine was also recovered.
The total street value of the haul is estimated to be around £1.5million.
Detective Inspector Dave Mead of the Organised Crime Unit said:
"I'm delighted with the significant recovery of heroin and cocaine which I believe was destined for distribution on the streets of Cleveland.
These arrests demonstrate Cleveland Police's determination to tackle serious and organised crime groups and to bring to justice those who seek to profit from the trafficking of dangerous controlled drugs."