Suspected drug dealer has birthday to remember after police find illegal substances stashed in car

Chronicle Live 3 weeks ago

A suspected drug dealer had a birthday to remember after police found a haul of drugs and cash stashed in his car.

Neighbourhood officers were on patrol in Newcastle's West End on Friday night when they came across a vehicle being driven suspiciously on Richardson Road.

They followed the vehicle and pulled it over on Barrack Road where they carried out a search at around 8pm.

Officers uncovered a haul of nine bags of suspected MDMA as well as £400 in cash.

The driver, who was celebrating his 23rd birthday, was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in offering to supply a Class A drug with intent to supply.

Police later uncovered a further 20 bags of suspected cocaine and more than £1,500 in cash.

An investigation into the suspected supply of Class A drugs is ongoing and the suspect has since been released under investigation.

A senior police officer has praised the work of officers who took action when they saw something that didn’t look right.

Det Chief Insp Paul Knox

Northumbria Police’s detective chief inspector Paul Knox said: “This arrest and subsequent seizures is solely down to the vigilance of those officers on patrol.

“They know when something doesn’t look quite right and they took quick action to seize evidence and place the suspect under arrest.

“It will certainly be a birthday to remember after spending the night in our police cells at Forth Banks.

“We will always take robust action against anyone we suspect of dealing Class A drugs on our street and a full investigation is now ongoing.

“But the public also have a role to play and I would ask you to look out for suspicious behaviour. If something doesn’t look right then don’t take a chance, pick up the phone and contact police.” 

Anyone with information about drug dealing, or anyone who wants to report suspicious behaviour, is asked to call Northumbria Police on 101.

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