Police find 50 tonnes of cocaine, heroine and cannabis in UK’s ‘biggest drugs conspiracy’ – Express


Up to 13 men between the ages of 25 and 59 have been arrested in dawn raids by the National Crime Agency (NCA), with four of those detained reported to be from Greater Manchester. The Manchester Evening News reported the men are alleged to be part of an organised crime group that used Dutch and British companies to import heroin, cocaine and cannabis on lorries stuffed with vegetables and fruit juice. They were said to have used British ports over an 18-month period. 

A total of four men and two women were also arrested in Holland by Dutch police on European Arrest Warrants. 

The NCA were assisted by Europol, Eurojust, Police of Finland National Bureau of Investigation, Border Force, HM Revenue and Customs and numerous UK police forces in the investigation. 

The NCA say “the full extent of the drug trafficking operation” was uncovered during the operation to intercept three huge drugs consignments in September 2018. 

One consisted of 351 kilos of cocaine, 92 kilos of heroin, 250 kilos of cannabis and 1,850 kilos of hemp. 

The total street value was £38million. 

Further enquiries state he NCA believe the drugs gang imported other substances on separate occasions between February 2017 and October last year. 

The NCA say their investigation is linked to a previous probe that saw 13 people jailed for a combines 176 years following the seizure of 100kg of heroin in 2015. 

The 13 men were attested across the country in London, Manchester, Stockport, St Helens, Warrington, Bolton, Dewsbury, and Leeds. 

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“By working closely with partners here and overseas, in particular the Dutch National Police, we believe we have dismantled a well-established drug supply route.” 

The news comes after the NCA seized the biggest amount of heroin in UK history last month among a haul of dressing gowns on a container ship in Felixstowe. 

The heroin was recovered from a container on board the MV Gibraltar after the vessel docked on August 30. 

The drugs had a wholesale value of £27million to organised criminals. 

Video footage showed the drugs labelled as protein powder having been found inside towels and dressing gowns. 

The vessel was searched by Border Force and NCA officers. 

This article originally appeared here in https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1188151/national-crime-agency-drugs-bust-cocaine-heroin-cannabis-veg-lorry-europol-holland

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