DRUGS and tens of thousands of pounds in cash have been seized and a man arrested as police executed a warrant at a house in Northumberland.

Hexham Neighbourhood Policing Team swooped on an address in the Newholme Avenue area of Haltwhistle on Tuesday morning (January 23).

Once inside, the officers found more than £30,000 in cash, suspected Class A drugs which are believed to be quantities of heroin and cocaine, two BB guns and a bottle of Ammonia.

Hexham Courant: Cash and drugs seized by police in HaltwhistleCash and drugs seized by police in Haltwhistle (Image: Northumbria Police)

The suspect, aged 32, was arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply. He has since been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

The activity is the fifth drugs warrant that the team has executed in the past four months.

Inspector Kate Benson, of Northumbria Police, said: “This is a brilliant result and due in no small part to the excellent work of our officers, who acted on intelligence to apprehend the suspect after we became aware that drugs were on the premises.

“I hope this sends out a clear and robust message – our officers are dedicated, persistent and will continue to actively pursue offenders who attempt to deal drugs in our communities.”

Hexham Courant: Drugs seizedDrugs seized (Image: Northumbria Police)

Insp Benson added: “Some of the most vulnerable people in society are affected by drugs and protecting them is among our top priorities as a Force.

“We receive intelligence daily to help us tackle this kind of illegal activity, and we will continue to use all powers at our disposal to bring those responsible to justice.

“I’d also encourage members of the public to continue to work with us and share information about this kind of criminal activity so that we can act upon it.”

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Kim McGuinness, said: “This is a huge sum of cash, drugs have been removed from circulation and an arrest has been made - this is great work from crime fighting officers in Northumberland. 

"I hope this not only provides reassurance that Northumbria Police is committed to fighting drug crime but also sends a tough message to dealers who think they can exploit vulnerable people and cause harm in our communities – your address could be next on their list.”

Anyone who has information about suspected drug dealing or any type of criminality is encouraged to contact Northumbria Police on 101, report it online through the ‘Report’ page of the website, or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.