Thirteen arrested after group 'imported 50 TONS of heroin, cocaine and cannabis hidden in lorries' – Daily Mail

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Police in the UK have arrested thirteen people after a group imported 50 tons of heroin, cocaine and cannabis.

The drugs were hidden in lorries bringing children’s juice drinks and vegetables over from Holland and those responsible have now been arrested as part of a National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation. 

Today the group of men, who hail from all across the UK, were apprehended in dawn raids.

They are said to be aged between 24 and 59 and raids took place in London, Manchester, Stockport, St Helens, Warrington, Bolton, Dewsbury, and Leeds this morning.

One of the lorries (pictured above) which drugs were hidden in by the group which had bought them over from Holland. The vehicle looked to be transporting children's juice cartons

One of the lorries (pictured above) which drugs were hidden in by the group which had bought them over from Holland. The vehicle looked to be transporting children's juice cartons

One of the lorries (pictured above) which drugs were hidden in by the group which had bought them over from Holland. The vehicle looked to be transporting children’s juice cartons 

Almost 50 tons of heroin was found inside the lorries. The people involved are thought to have been part of an organised crime group

Almost 50 tons of heroin was found inside the lorries. The people involved are thought to have been part of an organised crime group

Almost 50 tons of heroin was found inside the lorries. The people involved are thought to have been part of an organised crime group 

It is thought they are part of a well-established crime group that used Dutch and British front companies to import the drugs.

They managed to get the heroin, cocaine and cannabis through UK ports over an 18-month period. 

In April this year four men and two women were also arrested by the Dutch National Police on European Arrest Warrants – they are all awaiting extradition to the UK.   

The dealing of the groups was revealed following three consignments by the NCA in September this year.

Vegetables pictures above can be seen on the floor as investigations are carried out on the lorries

Vegetables pictures above can be seen on the floor as investigations are carried out on the lorries

Vegetables pictures above can be seen on the floor as investigations are carried out on the lorries 

The drugs that were found were thought to have had a street value of more than £38 million

The drugs that were found were thought to have had a street value of more than £38 million

The drugs that were found were thought to have had a street value of more than £38 million

The NCA said that they contained 351 kilos of cocaine, 92 kilos of heroin, 250 kilos of cannabis and 1,850 kilos of hemp/hashish.

In total, this amounted to a street value of more than £38 million.

It was then discovered that they had imported drugs on numerous occasions between February 2017 and October 2018.

The investigation was then linked to a previous NCA investigation in which 13 individuals were jailed for 176 years after 100kg was seized in 2015. 

Jayne Lloyd, NCA Regional Head of Investigations, said: “The NCA targets organised crime groups causing the greatest harm to the UK.

“Stopping criminals who don’t care about the damage they are causing in communities, and the children being exploited by County Lines drug dealing, is an absolute priority.

“We suspect these men were involved in an industrial-scale operation – the biggest ever uncovered in the UK – bringing in tonnes of deadly drugs that were distributed to crime groups throughout the country.

“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.”

Other international teams have helped support the NCA with the investigation including Europol, Eurojust, Police of Finland National Bureau of Investigation, Border Force, HMRC and numerous police forces.  

This article originally appeared here in https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7549999/Thirteen-arrested-group-imported-50-TONS-heroin-cocaine-cannabis-hidden-lorries.html

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