A huge sword was found as cops searched a man found in possession of drugs.
He was stopped on Peel Street and found to be in possession of suspected class A and class C drugs.
The sword was located in his trouser leg, following a search by officers.
The man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A and C drugs and possession of an offensive weapon.
He has been released under investigation whilst enquiries continue, police said.
A Cleveland Police spokesperson said: “Permanent knife bins, where knives and sharp objects can be surrendered, are located at all four main police stations in Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Stockton and Redcar & Cleveland.
“Anyone with concerns or information regarding drugs activity in their local area is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Or go online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.”