Eight people have been arrested in a series of drugs raids across South Tyneside.
Police carried out search warrants – obtained under the Misuse of Drugs Act –- at six addresses in the borough on Thursday.
Class A drugs, cash and assets were recovered – including four vehicles and a haul of suspected cocaine – worth an estimated £90,000.
One of the raids took place at the Holder House Allotments in Whiteleas, South Shields.
A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said: “If a tenant is in breach of his tenancy agreement with us, then we would take appropriate action.
“As this is an ongoing police investigation, we cannot comment further at this time.”
We will continue to target suspected drug dealers.Det Insp Paul Stewart
The remaining searches were carried out Mulberry Crescent and Redwood Avenue, both in Cleadon Park, South Shields, and Pennine Grove, West Boldon.
Other addresses raided were Greenside, in Marsden, East Close, in Harton, and Highfield Drive, in Horsley Hill, all South Shields.
Police say eight people – five men aged 24, 30, 30, 53, and 24, and three women, aged 46, 19 and 20, were arrested for drug-related offences.
They have now been bailed.
The recovered assets will be held by police under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Detective Inspector Paul Stewart, from the Southern Area Command, said “This has been an ongoing investigation which has seen in a number of premises being searched and people arrested.
“These warrants should send a clear message to those suspected and being involved in the supply of Class A drugs, that we will continue to target suspected drug dealers within our community and do our utmost to identify and arrest offenders.”
To report information about drugs and drug dealing, contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.