Cannabis resin worth £500,000 seized

DETECTIVES have claimed a major success in the war on drugs after cannabis worth £500,000 was seized.

North Yorkshire Police officers have spearheaded an investigation which led to the seizure of the cannabis resin, and raids were carried out in the county and in the Darlington area yesterday.

As part of the inquiry which has also involved Durham Police and the UK Border Agency, a 44-year-old man was arrested at Northallerton Station at 10pm on Thursday after travelling from London.

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He was released on police bail yesterday afternoon while inquiries continue.

Detective Inspector Matt Walker, of North Yorkshire Police’s Organised Crime Unit, said: “Due to the sheer amount of cannabis resin that was seized, it will undoubtedly have an impact on organised criminals who make their living out of the illicit drugs trade in this region and beyond.”

While the investigation is still in its early stages, Det Insp Walker maintained that the seizure would prove significant in attempts to “disrupt drug dealing activity and bring offenders to justice”.

Police declined to disclose where the cannabis was found or the exact locations of the raids owing to operational reasons.