A MAN was arrested this week in Stourbridge on suspicion of money-laundering and drugs offences.

The 38-year-old was arrested at an address in Vicars Walk, Pedmore, on Monday (November 28) by officers from West Mercia Police as part of an operation with the National Crime Agency and UK Border Agency to target immigration, drugs and firearms offences.

The man was among five people arrested as part of the joint operation which also saw officers swoop on addresses in Evesham, Worcestershire.

Superintendent Kevin Purcell of West Mercia Police said: "This was a well-planned and successful operation involving officers from a number of teams, including firearms and dog units, which resulted in the arrest of five individuals.

"I would like to thank members of the public who may have been concerned about police activity in the area for their understanding.

"We continue to work with the immigration authority and other agencies to tackle these issues and make the West Mercia policing area a safe place to live, work and visit."

The man arrested in Stourbridge has been released on police bail until January.