Drugs seized in Newent

Drugs with a street value of almost £5m have been seized in an operation involving two police forces.

Nine men were arrested in Newent, Gloucestershire, near the Herefordshire border, at about 17:00 BST on Thursday.

During the operation, led by Warwickshire and West Mercia Police, "more than 400 kilos of Class A and Class B drugs" were intercepted.

The men, aged between 21 and 55, were arrested at a lock-up industrial unit.

Those detained, on suspicion of conspiracy to import and supply drugs, are from Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Merseyside and Buckinghamshire.

Some have been given bail to allow further police inquiries and others remain in custody.

Det Ch Insp Mark Loader, who led the operation, said: "Three hundred and eighty kilos of skunk cannabis bush with a street value of around £4m and 54 kilos of amphetamines worth about £500,000" were recovered.

He said: "We also seized 10 kilos of what we believe are MDMA (ecstasy) crystals, a Class A controlled drug, which have been sent for laboratory analysis."

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