Published On: Thu, Feb 12th, 2015 on 3:18 pm

Three from West Yorkshire arrested following £2m heroin seizure at airport

Two men and a woman from West Yorkshire have been arrested as part of an investigation into a criminal network allegedly involved in the importation of heroin.

Heroin Smuggling Plot Three Arrests

Image: National Crime Agency.

It follows the seizure of almost 15 kilos of heroin, with a likely potential street value of £2 million, at Manchester Airport on 7 April last year.

Border Force officers found packages of the drug concealed in luggage that had come off a flight from Pakistan.

Mishandled luggage

The luggage had been mishandled, but Hafiz Waris Ali, 48, of Cardigan Close, Batley, was arrested later the same day when he came to collect it, and released on bail.

Ali was re-arrested yesterday when he answered bail at a police station in Greater Manchester.

Another man, Rafakat Hussain, 28, of Alverthorpe Road, Wakefield, was arrested in Stockport, Greater Manchester.

Both men were charged with conspiring to import heroin and are to appear before Manchester City Magistrates today.

Four warrants executed

Meanwhile in an operation supported by West Yorkshire Police, National Crime Agency (NCA) investigators executed four warrants at addresses in Batley and Wakefield.

A 60-year-old woman was arrested in Batley, and was later bailed pending further enquiries.

Senior investigating officer at the NCA, Robert Miles, said: “Heroin is a dangerous drug and I would ask anyone from the Batley area who has information about anyone involved in drug smuggling to contact us.

“Help us protect your community from the individuals and networks who are involved in putting illegal drugs on the street and fuelling further criminality.”

Anyone with information should contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or the National Crime Agency on 0370 496 7622. Information can also be given anonymously via an online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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