News Release

Drugs recovered in raid

Dated: 01 Feb 2012

Police have executed a warrant and recovered suspected drugs in Newcastle.

On Friday afternoon, January 27, police received information that a woman aged in her 20s had been taken to hospital after reportedly taking drugs. She was treated before being discharged.

On the same day it was reported that a man aged in his 20s had also been taken to hospital as a precaution after taking drugs.

Following enquiries into the incident, police executed a search warrant on Friday night at an address at Sceptre Place in the west end, where four people - men aged 38, 33 and 28 and a woman aged 26 were arrested on suspicion of drugs offences.

The 33-year-old man was bailed pending further enquiries and the woman was charged with possessing cannabis. The other two men were released with no further action.

A container of approximately 150 blue tablets was recovered from the address. These will be sent off for testing.

Police have since received information that there are forms of the illegal drugs 'blueys' - a form of diazepam - in circulation which are much stronger than the usual 10mg tablets. Enquiries are still ongoing to verify this information.

DI Dave Culverwell said: "We acted quickly to execute a search warrant at an address in the west end following separate incidents where a man and a woman were admitted to hospital. Enquiries are still ongoing.

"We've since received information that there are above normal strength 'bluey' tablets circulating in the area, which may be harmful.

"These drugs are potentially very dangerous and I would urge anyone who is offered any or has information about where they are being used or sold to contact police as soon as possible."

Anyone with any abnormal reaction to any drugs should seek urgent medical attention.

Anyone with information about drug use in their area is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.