Published On: Fri, Feb 13th, 2015 on 12:50 pm

Leeds man arrested following £18m drugs bust in West Midlands

A man from Leeds is among nine arrested following the seizure of £18m worth of class A and class B drugs yesterday.

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Barry Briggs, 43, from Seaforth Grove in Leeds, has been charged with possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of class A heroin.

Dave Vandeven, 29, from Rotterdam, has also been charged with two counts of being concerned in the fraudulent evasion of a prohibition on the importation of a class A drug.

Both have been charged and are due before magistrates in Newcastle today.

The others have all been bailed, pending further inquiries, to a later date, following their arrests in connection with drug offences.

Staffordshire Police arrested the nine men in two separate, unrelated investigations.

£18m worth of drugs seized

The first operation saw officers execute seven warrants at properties in Lichfield, Burntwood, Rugeley, Coventry and Birmingham.

Cannabis with an estimated street value of £125,000 was seized in the Lichfield area.

In the second operation, carried out in Cheadle in the Staffordshire Moorlands, officers acted on information received and stopped two vehicles on the A52 on Wednesday morning.

A search of the vehicles resulted in the discovery of approximately 40 kilos of suspected Class A drugs.

The heroin had an estimated street value of £15m, and the cocaine had an estimated street value of £3m.

“I hope this sends out a clear message”

Chief Constable Jane Sawyers said: “These operations resulted in two separate, significant seizures of class A and class B drugs which will now not make it onto the county’s streets.

“I hope this sends out a clear message to those thinking of dealing drugs in Staffordshire – think again.

“We are committed to tackling drugs misuse in the communities we serve and will continue to target those who carry out such criminal activity.”

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