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 Suspected drug dealer caught by Covid-19 officers in Darlington

 11/01/2021

A SUSPECTED drug dealer has been arrested after police were called to a property following reports that Covid regulations were being breached.

At approximately 7.30pm on Sunday, officers attended a house in Locomotive Street, in Darlington to investigate reports that the property had received a large number of visitors.


While present, officers discovered a quantity of white powder, believed to be cocaine, and also seized a set of scales and a large quantity of suspected counterfeit cash.


A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply He has since been released under investigation and inquiries continue.


Last week, four people were issued with fines after they were found breaching Covid-19 regulations to visit a beauty spot.


Officers discovered the four, who were all from different households, in the same car at Broken Scar, near Darlington, shortly after 11pm on Thursday, January 7.


The driver, a 19-year-old man who had travelled from Guisborough and his three 18-year-old passengers, two women from Guisborough and a man from Darlington, were all issued with Fixed Penalty Notices.


A spokesman for Durham Constabulary said: “The rules are there to protect us all and, as throughout the pandemic, we are confident that the majority will stick to the regulations.


“But those who choose to repeatedly ignore the rules and put others at risk can expect to receive a fixed penalty notice.”