A man has been arrested after police raided two homes over suspected links to importing drugs from the Netherlands.

Organised crime officers targeted the addresses, one on Thames Way and one on Charles Street in Darlington, after obtaining intelligence that suggested they links to importing drugs.

Raids at the properties discovered a huge haul of Class A and Class B drugs including MDMA, cocaine, amphetamine, and cannabis.

Officers also found a variety of drug paraphernalia, all of which was seized.

A 33-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of Importation of Class A Drugs and Possession with Intent to Supply Class A and Class B drugs.

He was later released under investigation while police enquiries continue.

The operation was part of a collaboration between Durham Police, the National Crime Agency (NCA) and North East Regional Organised Crime Unit (NEROCU).

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Sergeant Neil Lovat, from NEROCU’s Disruption Team, said: “This is exactly the type of partnership activity that will continue as part of Operation Sentinel, which is our region-wide response to tackling Serious and Organised Crime.

“Drugs and those looking to profit from these illicit activities have no place in our communities and we remain committed to dismantling these organised criminal operations and ensuring those believed to be involved get a knock on the door from us.”

Anyone with information about suspected criminality is urged to contact their local police or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or by visiting their website.