Three arrested in Stourbridge by national crime cops investigating heroin trafficking (From Stourbridge News)
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Three arrested in Stourbridge by national crime cops investigating heroin trafficking
3:19pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
OFFICERS from the National Crime Agency swooped on Stourbridge this morning (Thursday) as part of a nationwide operation targetting suspected international drug traffickers.
A 52-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman from Ridge Grove, and a 52-year-old man from Barn Close, were arrested in dawn raids, at 7am, on suspicion of being involved in the importation of heroin.
Three further arrests were also made in Birmingham and Bradford by officers investigating an organised crime group believed to be responsible for trafficking large quantities of heroin into the United Kingdom and other European countries.
More than 95 kilos of heroin have been seized so far as a result of the NCA-led investigation, supported by West Midlands Police, the Spanish Guardia Civil and other international law enforcement agencies.
The heroin found was concealed within suitcases with false bottoms, books and specially adapted clothing.
It is believed the crime group used couriers to import the heroin on flights from Pakistan. Richard Warner, of the NCA, said: “These arrests are a major success for the NCA and its partners. Tackling the supply of drugs on a global level is a priority for the agency. “
All those arrested were today being interviewed at police stations in Birmingham.