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n investigation led by Titan (North West Regional Organised Crime Unit) has led to the biggest drug seizure since the unit started in 2008, after officers recovered, what is believed to be cocaine, with a potential street value of £12 million.

Supported by the South East Regional Crime Unit, SOCA and Border Policing Command a co-ordinated operation led to a van being stopped in Chelmsford, Essex yesterday afternoon (Saturday, 6 April.)

Two men aged 50 and 25 years from the Urmston area of Manchester were detained with the vehicle and a subsequent search led to recovery of what is believed to be 80 kilos of cocaine with a potential street value of £12million.

Following this recovery, with support from the Police Forces of Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire, co-ordinated arrests took place across the North West.

A 44-year-old man from Grappenhall, Warrington was arrested in Kirkham, Lancashire.

A 41-year-old woman from Grappenhall, Warrington was arrested in Runcorn, Cheshire.

A 52-year-old man from Partington, Greater Manchester was arrested in Partington.

A 30-year-old man from Aintree, Merseyside was arrested in Aintree, Liverpool.

A 36-year-old man from Halewood, Merseyside was arrested in Halewood.

A 46-year-old man from Urmston, Greater Manchester was arrested in the Urmston area of Manchester.

They have been arrested on suspicion of the importation of Class A controlled drugs and remain in police custody for questioning.

Head of Operations for Titan, Detective Superintendent Jason Hudson said: “These arrests come as a result of a thorough and intensive six-month long investigation by officers from Titan.   “It also represents the largest seizure of Class A controlled drugs from a Titan led investigation and delivers a massive blow against organised crime in the North West.   “This continues our ongoing efforts to tackle the top echelon of organised criminals in the North West and I hope this sends a message out of others involved in this type of criminality, that we act on all information we receive and work hard to take you off the streets and bring you to justice.”   For more details on Titan operations please visit www.titanrocu.org.uk

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