‘Largest’ UK ecstasy haul seized
From the BBC.
Drugs worth about £12m have been seized during a raid on a warehouse by police and Customs officers.
Four men were arrested on Monday when officers discovered nearly a million tablets, believed to be ecstasy, at Rissington Business Park in Upper Rissington, Gloucestershire.
This was a very effective operation and a significant success in the county’s fight against drugs
The men, who were arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs with intent to supply, were being questioned at Stroud police station on Tuesday.
Customs officials say the 225 kilogram haul is believed to be the largest quantity of ecstasy ever seized in the country.
Customs and Excise spokesman Bob Gaiger said: “We are convinced it is one of the biggest seizures of ecstasy tablets in this country and possibly the biggest ever.
“Twenty Customs officers and 20 police officers took part in the operation together with police armed support and a helicopter.
“The Cotswolds is an unusual location but we are finding with tobacco smuggling scams that remote farms and addresses are being used more and more frequently and that now appears to be the case with drugs.”
Mr Gaiger refused to say how long the operation had been going on or whether the warehouse had been under surveillance.
Superintendent Kevin Lambert, of Gloucestershire Police, said: “This was a very effective operation and a significant success in the county’s fight against drugs.”
Three of the men are in their 30s, the fourth is in his 40s.
Two gave addresses in Germany but they are all British, said a police spokesman.