Three men have been charged after millions of pounds worth of suspected drugs were seized in a police raid in Gateshead.
Police carried out a search warrant at an address in Dean Terrace, Ryton, on Thursday, July 19, and found a total of 14 kilos of a substance believed to be cocaine with an estimated potential street value of £3.2 million.
The haul is thought to be one of the largest ever in Tyne and Wear.
George Robert Armstrong, 44, of Dean Terrace, Ryton, Paul Wiseman, 36, of Waterford Road, Fulham, and Daniel Michael Joyce, 37, of Upperhouse Lane, Shamley Green, Surrey, have been jointly charged with Conspiracy to Supply Class A controlled drugs.
They are due to appear before South Tyneside Magistrates on Saturday, July 21.
Detective Inspector Paul Knox, of Northumbria Police's Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said: "This is a substantial recovery of what is believed to be a Class A drug and means a huge amount of drugs that were intended for our streets have been taken out of circulation.
"We're committed to tackling illegal drugs and drug supply and will continue to take proactive action against those responsible and make our streets even safer."
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