Three more charged over £7m drugs ring

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Three men accused of being part of a £7m drugs ring said to involve a South Tyneside man have appeared in court.

Michael Watts, 46, of Bedeburn Road, Jarrow, was arrested as part of a nationwide series of raids called by the North East Regional Organised Crime Unit.

He appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court in June, charged with conspiracy to supply heroin – a Class A drug and conspiracy to supply amphetamine – a Class B drug.

He will next appear at Newcastle Crown Court on September 25.

Yesterday, three others accused of being part of the same gang appeared, charged with the same offences.

They were David Drew, 48, of Woodside Avenue, and Michael Li, 46, of Fieldfare Close, both Northampton, and Michael Yates, 54, of High Woodside Farm in Derwentside, County Durham.

None entered pleas and will appear alongside Watts on September 25.