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Cleveland Police Target Key Members of Organised Crime Gang


PCC Barry Coppinger witnessed the early morning raids.

Today sees the culmination of over two years of planning by three Forces to arrest principal members of an organised crime gang and bring them to justice. Four houses in Hartlepool were targeted by police in early morning raids today resulting in two 29-year-old men, a 36-year-old man and a 33-year-old man being arrested for conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B drugs. 

Four further arrests were made in Wales and Liverpool and 3 other arrests were made at Holme House Prison.

Operation Roderigo started in 2012 as an investigation into the activities of a sophisticated, well resourced Organised Crime Group operating out of Cleveland and Liverpool.  To date, 15 people have been arrested, convicted and are serving in excess of 88 years in prison.  Drugs recovered in this initial investigation amounted to:-

  • 5 Kilo’s high purity cocaine with a street value estimated around £1 million
  • 100 litres amphetamine oil estimated at £12 million
  • 37 kilos cannabis estimated at £55,500
  • 80 kilos amphetamine estimated at £800,000
  • 12 kilos methamphetamine estimated at £120,000

Detective Sergeant Sarah Robinson who is leading the investigation said: “The focus of today’s operation is to arrest the key members of this group to dismantle their supply of drugs in this area.  These individuals are involved in the production and distribution of Class A and Class B controlled drugs throughout the UK on a massive scale.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger who accompanied officers on the early morning raids said: “’This was a well planned and executed operation over a two year period, tackling high-end criminals who are manufacturing as well as supplying illegal drugs.  I’m sure residents in Cleveland will join me in congratulating all our officers and staff involved in this operation which sends a very clear signal.”


Posted on Wednesday 11th June 2014
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