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21 October 2012, 10:55 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50
Six people have been arrested after Northumbria Police carried out search warrants in the Durham and Gateshead areas.
Around 5am this morning (Sunday Oct 21st) officers executed search warrants in the Durham and Gateshead areas and arrested four adults and two youths on suspicion of possessing a controlled drug with intent to supply.
The six - four males aged 49, 44, 19, 16 and two females aged 41 and 15 - are currently in custody and enquiries are ongoing.
Chief Supt Steve Neill said:
"As part of the planning for today's derby game we executed a number of warrants based on intelligence that we had received.
Six people have been arrested and are currently in custody.
Cocaine and ecstasy were seized during the searches and enquiries are ongoing.
We want today's (North East derby) match to be as safe and enjoyable for our communities as possible and we will continue to take action when and where appropriate to ensure that this is the case."