6 arrested in dawn drug raids

Six people have been arrested in dawn raids on suspected drugs traffickers at addresses across the West Midlands and also West Yorkshire. £5 million of heroin has been seized by police as part on an international investigation.

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Police say they've arrested key members of an international drug trafficking ring based here in the Midlands.

Six people are being questioned after raids in Birmingham, Stourbridge and West Yorkshire early this morning.

One woman and five men are suspected of master-minding a global operation to smuggle heroin hidden in clothes and suitcases on flights from Pakistan.

Spanish police were also involved in today's action, as Chris Halpin reports.

Street value not most important factor in seizure of drugs

The National Crime Agency arrested a man and a woman this morning during a raid in Stourbridge. It was one of a series of raids taking place in the Midlands and West Yorkshire.

The raids were part of an investigation into an organised crime group believed to be responsible for importing huge quantities of heroin into the UK as well as across Europe.

But for NCA officer, Richard Warner, the seizure of £5million worth of heroin is not just about the street value figure.

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NCA: drug trafficking arrests are 'major success'

Speaking after the arrests of six suspected drug traffickers at addresses in the West Midlands and West Yorkshire, a spokesman for the National Crime Agency 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.?> ?

“We believe this organised crime group is responsible for importing large quantities of heroin – bringing misery, harm and violence to communities in Birmingham and other cities.?> ?

“The NCA’s national remit and effective partnerships, which cross national and international boundaries, mean we have the capability to pursue criminals relentlessly wherever they are in the world.”

– Richard Warner, National Crime Agency

Six arrested in dawn raids on suspected drug traffickers

The heroin was concealed in body vests and couriered through airports Credit: National Crime Agency

Six people of a suspected organised crime group have been arrested on suspicion of trafficking heroin into the United Kingdom and mainland Europe.

Officers from the newly created National Crime Agency raided five addresses in Birmingham and one in West Yorkshire early this morning.

False bottoms in suitcases were also used to conceal the drugs Credit: National Crime Agency

More than 95 kilograms of heroin have been seized by police so far in a joint operation with West Midlands Police and agencies in Germany, Holland and Spain.

Fifty kilos of drugs were seized in this country with an estimated street value of around £5 million.

This heroin was found hidden in the cover of a hardback book Credit: National Crime Agency

The heroin was conceal 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.

Two 52-year-old men and a 37-year-old woman from Stourbridge, a 32-year-old man from Bordesley Green, a 41-year-old man from Alum Rock, and a 42-year-old man from Bradford, were all arrested in the raids, and are being questioned by police.

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