Eleven suspects have been arrested following a £ 160,000 finding in cash and drugs following raids on Staffordshire, Black Country and Derbyshire. Raids were carried out by Staffordshire police officers, backed by National Crime Agency staff at addresses in Tamworth, Walsall, Burntwood and Swadlincote on Thursday (June 23) regarding a drug supply in Tamworth.
Officers discovered £ 100,000 in cash as well as £ 60,000 of suspected Class A and B drugs, which were seized. Six men and a woman from Tamworth were arrested, two men from Walsall, one from Burntwood and one from Swadlincote, aged between 24 and 58.
Detective Inspector Tim Boulton of the Staffordshire Police Department for Major and Organized Crime said: “The raids we carried out on Thursday are part of an extensive, ongoing operation set up to tackle the drug supply in Tamworth. The total value of cash and drug officers who have been recovered as part of this operation provide some insight into the extent of organized crime we have been able to disrupt.
“I hope the results we have already seen serve as a warning to those involved in this type of crime. Information and intelligence from our communities is key and if you report your concerns, we will take action. “
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The arrests included:
A 29-year-old man from Tamworth was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A and Class B drugs.
A 31-year-old man from Tamworth was arrested on suspicion of supplying Class A drugs.
A 24-year-old man from Burntwood and a 28-year-old man from Walsall were arrested on suspicion of supplying Class B drugs.
A 29-year-old man from Tamworth was arrested, suspected of being concerned about the offer to supply a Class B drug and to cultivate a Class B controlled drug.
A 31-year-old man from Tamworth was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs.
Two men a 34 and another 35 from Tamworth were arrested on suspicion of being affected by the supply of Class B drugs.
Three men, a 35-year-old man from Walsall, a 35-year-old from Tamworth and a 40-year-old from Swadlincote were all arrested on suspicion of supplying Class B drugs.
While a woman, a 58-year-old woman from Tamworth, was also arrested on suspicion of money laundering. They all remain in police custody.
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Inspector Stuart Coleman of the Tamworth Neighborhood Policing Team added: “We are committed to tackling the organized supply of illicit drugs and protecting the most vulnerable people in our communities from harm. I would also like to take this opportunity to stress to the public that anyone information – no matter how big or small you may think it may be – can really prove invaluable.
“Intelligence we receive can shape our operations, and we often rely on this information received from members of the community. I would encourage anyone with information or concerns to contact the police, either in person, by telephone at 101 or online at: Report | Staffordshire Police You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. “
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