Two suspected cannabis farms and a pepper spray canister have been found in Gateshead.
At the first property, they found the remains of a cropped cannabis farm with one plant and a canister of an “illicit substance believed to be pepper spray”.
A 50-year-old man was arrested at the address on suspicion of possessing a prohibited weapon and the production of cannabis He has since been released under investigation.
At the second property, officers found an £18,000 cannabis haul, which was dismantled. Enquiries are ongoing to trace those involved.
Sergeant Paul Cochrane oversaw the raids and thanked the community for their ongoing support.
He said: “These discoveries were only possible because members of the community passed on their concerns and that allowed us to carry out a range of enquiries as to the suspected criminality associated…