Seven people have been charged in relation to a £300 million conspiracy to supply drugs across north west England. Police carried out a number of early-morning raids in Greater Manchester on Wednesday following a year-long investigation into drug dealing.
The charges, against five men and two women, follow a major drugs seizure in February when a van stopped in Cheshire was found to contain £7.75 million of cannabis and ketamine.
- Paul Doyle, 55, who is formerly from Altrincham, is charged with two counts of conspiracy to import class A drugs, two counts of conspiracy to import class B drugs and conspiracy to import class C drugs, Greater Manchester Police said.
- Michael Manning, 52, and Amanda Manning, 24, both from Salford, Gareth Forbes, 37, and Emma Williams, 29, both from Worsley, are all charged with conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs.
- Nadim Ahmad, 41, from Trafford, is charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs, and Delroy Bailey, 45, from Bolton, is charged with conspiracy to supply class B drugs.
All seven are due to appear at Manchester City Magistrates' Court and have been remanded in custody.
A sniffer dog at Manchester Airport helped Border Force officers find at least 50 kilos of heroin, worth about £5m, hidden inside a shipment of carpets.
The seizure was made In April when officers became suspicious of a 46-piece consignment of hand-made knotted carpets that had arrived from Peshawar in Pakistan via Abu Dhabi.
A detector dog alerted its handler to one of the carpets and further examination revealed a "highly sophisticated" concealment where the drug was woven into the fabric of the carpet, a Border Force spokesman said.
It is thought that the total value of the drugs could run into millions of pounds.
Two people were arrested on suspicion of drug importation offences at a business address in London on April 29.
The pair were interviewed by NCA investigators and released on bail pending further enquiries.
A seventh person has been taken to hospital after it's believed they took a potentially deadly party drug.
The legal high called Geebs is sold as alloy wheel cleaner and is illegal to sell for human consumption. A 24 year old man was treated at Liverpool Royal Hospital over the weekend.
Merseyside Police say they were called to can student accommodation in Liverpool city centre on Sunday, following a report of concern for the safety of a man.Emergency services attended a property in Hatton Garden at around 10.15am following a report a man had been found collapsed.
The 24-years-old who is not a student was treated at the the Royal Liverpool Hospital.
It has since transpired that the man is thought to have taken GEEBS, although there is nothing to link this incident to the other recent incidents of people believed to have taken the substance.
Merseyside Police say three more people have been taken to hospital after apparently taking a substance known as GEEBS.
Emergency services were called to student accommodation at Hatton Garden in Liverpool on Monday. Two men, both aged 20, from the Liverpool and Crewe areas, were taken to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and later discharged.
A third man, aged 19 years, from North Wales was also taken to the hospital. He has also now been discharged.
A 20-year-old man from the Liverpool area has been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a controlled drug.
Thankfully these men have not suffered serious effects, however I would like to re-iterate my warning to students and young people that if taken, GEEBS, which is actually a chemical used to clean alloy wheels, can have serious side effects and can kill, even in small doses.''
Merseyside Police has arrested a 19-year-old man from Worsley in Greater Manchester on suspicion of supplying a Class C drug.
It follows an incident in which three people collapsed at Borden Court in Liverpool yesterday.
He has been taken to a police station on Merseyside where he will be interviewed by detectives two people are still recovering in hospital.
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