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