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Titan, the North-West’s regional organised crime unit, can confirm that two of the men arrested yesterday have this afternoon (Friday, 7 February) been charged with drug offences.

John Toner, 67, of Nevile Road, Prestwich and Andrew Currie, 46, of Cleave Road, Hayes have both been charged with conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs.

Both men have been remanded in custody to appear at Manchester Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (Saturday, 8 February).

Two men, aged 21 and 31, arrested yesterday have been bailed pending further enquiries.

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Titan, the North-West’s regional organised crime unit, can confirm that four people have been arrested after a van was stopped on the M6 motorway yesterday with a large quantity of drugs worth millions of pounds inside.

Officers from the North West Motorway Police Group stopped the VW van close to Sandbach services (southbound) in Cheshire shortly after midday and arrested the 46-year-old driver, who is from Middlesex.

A search of the van by officers from Titan led to the discovery of 225 kilograms of white powder and more than 50 large packets containing cannabis. The white powder was later tested and found to be ketamine, a Class C controlled drug.

Detectives estimate the ketamine to have a street value of £6.75 million and the cannabis to be worth in the region of £1 million.

They had been hidden among pallets of frozen food.

At around the same time, officers in Manchester arrested a 66-year-old man at a house in Salford and two men aged 21 and 31 at an industrial premises in Trafford Park.

All four men have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs and will be questioned today at various police stations throughout the North-west.

An investigation led by Titan remains ongoing.

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