£2million of drugs destined for Northern Ireland streets seized by police in England
The Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Organised Crime Unit, in conjunction with West Midlands Police, are investigating the attempted importation of a substantial amount of Class A and B drugs from England to Northern Ireland.
Detective Inspector Sweeney said:
“West Midlands Police local response officers were called last Thursday (6th July) to the report of a suspicious van in the Walsall area.
"Officers attended and gained entry to the van in which they found suspected cannabis and cocaine with an approximate street value of £2million. A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply drugs and was later bailed for further enquiries to be carried out.
“We believe that this significant quantity of drugs was destined to arrive in Northern Ireland, and would then likely have been distributed and sold in local communities here.
"The organised crime gangs involved in this activity profit hugely from the sale of these harmful drugs and have no care for the destruction and harm they cause to people’s lives. We will continue every effort to disrupt this criminality, working with other UK and international policing teams to do so.
“Our enquiries into this matter are ongoing and I would appeal to anyone with any information about the supply or use of illegal drugs to contact police on 101 or submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/.”