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Suspected cocaine stash found hidden behind loose brick as police target drugs gangs in Birmingham

70 wraps of what's thought to be cocaine were found hidden in a crack in the wall. Credit: West Midlands Police

Thousands of pounds in cash and a stash of what's thought to be street-ready cocaine have been seized by police in a series of raids across Birmingham.

A total of 70 wraps of the suspected Class A drug were found hidden behind a loose brick in the garden wall of a house in Arden Road, Saltley.

"One of the officers noticed the brick appeared slightly dislodged," Sgt Dominic Livesey, from Birmingham’s Organised Crime Unit, said.

"It was a great spot and led to a significant seizure of what we believe is cocaine."

Officers also seized £2,000 in cash and an imitation handgun from the property, along with £5,000 cash seized from an address in Imperial Road, Bordesley Green.

Gangs unit officers carried out the raids simultaneously at 10.30am on Friday, targeting addresses with suspected links to a drugs supply line in the city.

An imitation gun was also seized. Credit: West Midlands Police

Two men, both aged 32, were arrested and questioned on suspicion of firearms offences and drug dealing.

They have been released under investigation while detectives analyse the powder and continue the investigation.

“The pistol is a realistic looking imitation and to the untrained eye could certainly be mistaken for a genuine live-firing handgun," Sgt Livesey added, going on to urge anyone with information on suspected drugs activity to get in touch.

“The warrants came on the back of police and community intelligence suggesting the addresses were linked to a drugs line," he said.

“We always take information from the community seriously and handle it with the utmost confidence. If anyone suspects drug dealing in their community then please get in touch so we can take action.”