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Five people arrested multi-million pounds drugs conspiracy including serving prisoners

October 29, 2014, 5:04 pm

Five people from across the North of England have been arrested this morning (Wednesday, 29 October) by officers investigating a multi-million pounds drugs conspiracy involving the suspected transport of illegal drugs throughout the UK.

‘Operation Kervella, which is led by Titan, the North-wests regional organised crime unit, saw search warrants executed in Workington in Cumbria, Berwick Hills in Middlesbrough, Teesside, and Bangor, Anglesey and Pentraeth in North Wales early this morning.

Four men were arrested – one in Cumbria, one in Teesside and two in North Wales –and one was arrested while at a prison in Cumbria.

All five men were arrested in strikes carried out by Titan detectives working closely with officers from Cumbria, Cleveland and North Wales police constabularies. Once searches of all the addressed are completed, the men will be brought back to the North West and interviewed by Titan detectives on suspicion of conspiring to supply Class A and B drugs, including cocaine, heroin and amphetamine.

Detective Superintendent Jason Hudson, head of operations at Titan, said the latest arrests built on nine made on Thursday 16th October 2014 and three made on Wednesday the 22nd October as part of the same investigation.

He said: “This activity has come as a result of a lengthy and complex investigation by Titan and other agencies into the supply of large quantities of illegal drugs from the North-west of England into Scotland. I would like to thank the officers from the local police forces where these warrants have been executed for their support in this on-going operation. It is extremely pleasing to be able to arrest five people who we suspect are involved in this conspiracy and search homes linked to them. Following these searches the five men will be questioned by teams of my officers at Titan and our enquiries will continue from there.

“Illegal drugs such as heroin, cocaine and amphetamine cause a great deal of harm to people from every walk of life and that is why Titan exists to tackle the top tiers of serious organised crime. We go after some of the biggest criminals in the region who cause some of the most serious harm through their drug dealing and violence and we remain committed to standing side by side with other law enforcement agencies to do all we can to take them out of circulation.”

• Following the arrest of three men on the 22nd October, the following people have been charged:
• Christopher Welsh, aged 36, of HMP Dovegate – charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs
• Paul Mount, aged 30, of HMP Full Sutton – charged with conspiracy to convey articles into HMP Prisons
• Jack Holt, aged 22, of HMP Forrest Bank – charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs and conspiracy to convey articles into HMP Prisons
• Nine people have already been charged with drugs offences and are going through the court system.

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