Update: Wed 24 February
Ten men arrested as part of Operation Nemesis have all been charged with one count of conspiracy to supply class A drugs (cocaine).
One has appeared before magistrates this morning (Wed) and been remanded in custody, the other nine have been bailed to appear before magistrates in Cannock on a date to be fixed.
Marc Brookes, aged 40, of Moreton Parade, Newcastle, appeared before magistrates in Newcastle this morning and was remanded in custody to appear back at the court at a later date.
The following nine have all been charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs (cocaine) and will appear at court in due course.
Thomas Chapman, aged 26, of Heaton Terrace, Porthill, Newcastle.
Andrew Szulc, aged 51,of Easdale Place, Newcastle.
Anthony Colton, aged 29, of Chiltern Place, Newcastle.
Samuel Giliker, aged 29, of Moreton Parade, Newcastle.
Andrew Edwards, aged 35, of Whitchurch Grove, Newcastle.
Andrew Pickerill, aged 32, of Heath Avenue, Newcastle.
Nicholas Hickson, aged 45, formerly of Moorfields, Stafford.
David Birks, aged 43, of Pear Tree Lane, Newcastle.
Robert Farrow, aged 43, from Trevithick Close, Bentilee, Stoke-on-Trent.
Ten men have been arrested in connection with suspected drugs offences as part of Operation Nemesis.
As part of a pre-planned operation by Staffordshire Police and the National Crime Agency the 10 were arrested at various locations this morning, Tuesday, at approximately 7am.
They have been taken into custody where they will be questioned.
The men are aged between 26 and 51 and live in the Newcastle, Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford areas.
Arrests at a number of addresses were followed by searches. Officers have recovered a quantity of powder, suspected to be class A controlled drugs. This will now be subject to a detailed forensic examination.
DI Lesley Fowler, from Staffordshire Police, said: “We are committed to tackling drug crime in the communities we serve.
“Today’s arrests form part of the force’s ongoing Operation Nemesis campaign, which specifically targets those suspected of drug crime.
“Thanks to information received from members of the public we were able to arrest a number of people suspected of being involved in such activity following months of investigative work.
“Operation Nemesis forms part of our daily business and we will continue to act on information received about suspected drug crime.
“If you suspect it, report it.”
Anyone with information on drug crime in their community is urged to report it by calling 101.