Arrests in cocaine supply probe by Durham Police

Sixteen people have been arrested as part of an investigation into a criminal network involved in the supply of cocaine in the north of England.

Officers from the Durham force targeted addresses in Darlington, Middlesbrough and Liverpool.

The 10 men and six women are being held on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class 'A' drugs, money laundering and other linked offences.

Forensic experts were continuing to search the properties involved.

Those being questioned are six men and six women, arrested at separate addresses in Darlington, two 30-year-old men from Middlesbrough, a 56-year-old man from Liverpool, and another man from Birkenhead.

The operation was led by the Durham force, and also involved officers from Cleveland and Northumbria, with assistance from Merseyside and North Yorkshire Police.

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