Shields and Jarrow trio in £1m drugs case sent to crown court

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ELEVEN people accused of being involved in a £1m cocaine conspiracy - including three South Tynesiders - have been sent to crown court.

The accused, who also include a Northumbria Police officer, appeared at Peterlee Magistrates Court.

The charges follow a six-month investigation by the North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU).

Pc Gary Steven Christie, 40, from Sunderland, is charged with misconduct in public office.

Ten other people are charged with conspiring to supply class A drugs after the seizure of several kilos of high-purity cocaine.

About £33,000 in cash was also seized, together with vehicles.

Other assets, including several houses, were identified and are subject to proceeds of crime applications.

Jamie Lee Malloy, 25, and Victoria Carter, 24, both of Saint Oswins Street, South Shields, are charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, as is Kevin Dudley, 39, of Hadrian Road, Jarrow.

Also charged with the same offence are Simon Peter Loomes, 40, of Windsor Road, Buckinghamshire, April Ellen Hunter, 19, of Little Bedford Street, North Shields, Christopher Catchpole, 47, of Jack Lawson Terrace, Wheatley Hill, Durham, Asa Dobbing, 35, of Ryhope Grange Court, Aidan Dobbing, 30, of Revelston Close, Doxford Park, Leanne Mariner, 31, of Bonners Raff, and Iain Potts, 27, of Cavendish Place, all Sunderland.

Asa Dobbing is also charged with aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring misconduct in public office.

Loomes is also charged with possession with intent to supply cocaine, amphetamine and Ecstasy and concealing criminal property.

All 11 accused were committed to appear before Teesside Crown Court at 10am on Friday, January 23.