Police seize £12 million worth of cocaine

Police have seized around £12 million worth of cocaine following a six-month investigation into the "top echelon" of organised crime.

An investigation led by Titan, the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit, has led to the biggest drug seizure since the unit started in 2008.

Two men, aged 50 and 25, from the Urmston area of Manchester, were detained with a van after being stopped in Chelmsford, Essex and a subsequent search led to recovery of what is believed to be 80kgs of cocaine, with a potential street value of £12 million.

Coccaine recovered from a van has led to the biggest drug seizure since the unit started in 2008. Credit: Merseyside Police/PA Wire

Following this recovery co-ordinated arrests took place across the North West leading to the arrests of a further five men and one woman.

Police arrested a 44-year-old man from Grappenhall, Warrington, in Kirkham, Lancashire and a 41-year-old woman from Grappenhall, Warrington, in Runcorn, Cheshire.

They also arrested a 52-year-old man from Partington, Greater Manchester, a 30-year-old man from Aintree, Merseyside, a 36-year-old man from Halewood, Merseyside, and a 46-year-old man from Urmston, Greater Manchester.

They have all been arrested on suspicion of importing Class A controlled drugs.