– Detective Chief Inspector Mark Loader, leads the West Mercia Serious and Organised Crime Unit.
In terms of value, this is one of the biggest investigations West Mercia Police has ever conducted into the illegal drugs trade.
While we have seized approximately £10million worth of Class A and B drugs, we think it is only the tip of an iceberg. We believe the conspiracy has been responsible for hundreds of millions of pounds worth of drugs being smuggled into the UK.
We also have evidence that shows these drugs have been sold from the West Midlands region to organised criminal groups nationally who are dealing drugs across the country.
Officers from West Mercia Police have arrested ten people in an investigation into the smuggling of of drugs into the UK potentially worth hundreds of millions of pounds.
The arrests took place this morning across the West Midlands region and in the Netherlands.
The suspects were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to import a Class A controlled drug and a Class B controlled drug.
The operation has been ongoing since November 2012 and during that time £10million of drugs have been seized.
Officers from West Mercia Police have arrested ten people in an investigation into the smuggling of drugs into the UK potentially worth hundreds of millions of pounds.
The arrests took place this morning across the West Midlands region as well as in the Netherlands as part of an operation into the importation of cannabis, amphetamines and MDMA, the main constituent of Ecstasy.
It follows nine arrests made in Newent, Glos, on 4th July 2013, when drugs with a street value of almost £4 million were also seized.