Bromsgrove pair held on suspicion of drug smuggling

By Tristan Harris Wednesday 12 February 2014 Updated: 12/02 13:52

A MAN and a woman have been arrested in Bromsgrove this morning as part of an investigation into cannabis, amphetamines and MDMA being smuggled into the country.

The pair, who are both in their 60s, were held at a property in Dusthouse Lane after the swoop by West Mercia Police.

They were among ten from across the West Midlands and in the Netherlands who were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to import a class A controlled drug and a class B controlled drug.

It follows nine arrests made in Newent, Glocestershire, on July 4 when drugs worth almost £4million were seized - 280kg of skunk cannabis bush with a street value of around £2.8million, 54kg of amphetamines worth about £500,000, and £400,000 worth of MDMA.

Since then, a further 380kg of cannabis, 95kg of MDMA and 10kg of amphetamines have been taken off the streets.

Det Ch Insp Mark Loader, who leads the West Mercia Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said: “In terms of value, this is one of the biggest investigations West Mercia Police has ever conducted into the illegal drugs trade.

“This covers activity not just in the West Midlands area but it has links to The Netherlands and we would like to thank all the UK forces involved in supporting our inquiries – the Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, Staffordshire and West Midlands forces – as well as the Dutch and German authorities.

“While we have seized approximately £10million worth of class A and B drugs, we think it is only the tip of an iceberg.

"We believe the conspiracy has been responsible for hundreds of millions of pounds worth of drugs being smuggled into the UK."

He added there was evidence substances had been sold from the West Midlands to organised criminal gangs dealing drugs across the country.

And he said operations of this kind often relied on the police receiving information from the public which could help keep drugs off the streets and make communities much safer.

Anyone with any information on illegal drug activity in their neighbourhood can call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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