Huge £30m drug haul found

Drugs worth up to £30million have been seized in what seasoned detectives are describing as the largest hauls in their careers. They were uncovered at a unit on the Maybrook industrial estate in Brownhills.

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Cannabis, cocaine and MDMA found in Brownhills raid

Thirty officers were involved in the raid which uncovered an enormous drug haul in Brownhills.

Experts continue to chemically analyse the substances. Conservative estimates put the drugs value at £10million but purity tests could see the value of the seizure rocket to £30million.

Crate of drugs Credit: West Midlands Police

Seizure tally:

• Cannabis x 120 1kg bags

• Cocaine x 5 1kg bricks

• MDMA x 50 1kg bags

Drugs found by 30 officers Credit: West Midlands Police

Brownhills drug haul 'one of the largest' in force's history

This is the largest seizure of drugs I have secured in my 24 year career with West Midlands Police. It is also one of the largest in the force’s 39 year history.

The impact this seizure will have on drug dealing in the region and the UK as a whole cannot be underestimated.

The drugs had almost certainly been packed to order ready for shipping within Britain but possibly even further afield.

Our operation will have a national effect and we are working closely with a range of law enforcement agencies to identify those involved in this crime at whatever level.

– Detective Sergeant Carl Russell, West Midlands Police

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Police uncover huge £30m drug haul in Brownhills

Drugs worth up to £30 million have been seized in what seasoned detectives are describing as the largest hauls in their careers.

Part of the drug haul Credit: West Midlands Police

Cannabis, cocaine and MDMA, more commonly known as Ecstasy, weighing almost 200 kilograms were uncovered at a unit on the Maybrook industrial estate in Brownhills as part of an intelligence led policing operation.

Officers swooped on the unit at around 5pm on Wednesday (27 November) but details have only today been released following a full assessment of the haul by forensic investigators, drugs experts and the force’s top detectives.

Part of the drug haul Credit: West Midlands Police

The drugs were packed into six large cardboard boxes wrapped in cellophane and placed onto five freight pallets for discreet delivery.

When officers opened the boxes they discovered a deep layer of protective foam chips beneath which the drugs were carefully layered.

All the drugs were wrapped in thick plastic bags taped closed with the cannabis vacuum packed to prevent its distinctive pungent aroma from drawing unwanted attention.

When officers swooped on the unit the drugs were being unloaded. The haul was so large that officers needed a forklift truck to load the drugs onto a police flat-bed lorry.

Two men aged 50 and 53 from Brownhills were arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug along with a 51-year-old man from Norton in Stoke-on-Trent. All three who were arrested at the unit have been released on conditional police bail while enquiries continue.

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