An industrial-sized pill-pressing machine in Sunderland allegedly used to produce drugs has been seized.
An 18-year-old is now due to appear in court after Northumbria Police found the pill-pressing machine which is capable of producing fake tablets on an industrial scale.
Shortly after 11am on Sunday, December 20, officers were called to a home in the Silksworth area of Sunderland after a member of the public heard screaming and shouting from inside.
After getting inside the house, police found a pill-pressing machine which was switched on and running in the kitchen.
They also observed a small store room filled with various large bags of white powder and a cement mixer, along with bags containing large quantities of white tablets.
The tablets were sent off for tests which were later confirmed to be Class C drug Etizolam, which is often used in the manufacture of fake ‘street’ Diazepam.
A man inside the home was arrested and has since been charged with producing a Class C drug.
He appeared before magistrates in South Tyneside earlier this week and will appear at Newcastle Crown Court in the New Year.
Detective Inspector Neal Craig, of Northumbria Police, said: “This was an excellent discovery by the officers who were originally attending a report of a domestic related incident.
“A man has been charged and is now due to appear before the courts in relation to this discovery, and I would like to thank the member of the public who reported the disturbance to us.”
The machine has since been dismantled and the tablets seized.
Anyone who suspects drug misuse or supply in their area is asked to report it to police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of the Northumbria Police website or by calling 101.
Alternatively, you can ring independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.