A Darlington man has admitted importing illegal drugs after a large quantity of parcels were intercepted from the United States.

Aidan Sayers was arrested by officers from the North East Regional Organised Crime Unit (NEROCU) when they raided his home after they were tipped off about drug importation from America.

A search of the property on Chaldron Court recovered a substantial amount of drugs and paraphernalia in August this year.

The Northern Echo: Some of the items seized during the raid on the property in DarlingtonSome of the items seized during the raid on the property in Darlington (Image: North East Regional Organised Crime Unit)

The 22-year-old pleaded guilty to importing drugs when he appeared at Teesside Crown Court but the Crown Prosecution Service has not fully accepted the basis of his plea.

See more court stories from The Northern Echo by clicking here

Black Friday Sale! 🌟 Grab our digital subscription for just £6 for 6 months. Limited time only!  Click here

Recorder Thomas Moran remanded the defendant in custody and requested that a pre-sentence report by carried out.

Sayers is due back in court on January 19 when he will be sentenced or a Newton Hearing, a hearing to determine the facts of the case, will take place.

Speaking at the time of the arrest, Sergeant Neil Lovat, from NEROCU’s Disruption Team, said: “This activity is part of our ongoing commitment to tackle drug importation, supply, and distribution in our region.

“Under the banner of Operation Sentinel, we remain committed to tackling all forms of Serious and Organised Crime impacting the North East.”