Birmingham police raids: 36 people arrested

An officer lead one suspect away after raids in Birmingham on Tuesday Ten properties were raided by officers on Tuesday morning

Thirty-six people have been arrested in a "major operation" tackling drug dealing in Birmingham, West Midlands Police said.

More than 100 officers raided properties in the city over three days after two years of planning.

Class A and B drugs were seized along with "a substantial amount of cash".

Nine men were arrested after 10 raids in the Erdington and Newtown area on Tuesday morning. The other raids took place last Thursday and Tuesday.

Twenty-two people have already been charged with conspiracy to supply/supplying class A drugs.

'Damage to communities'

They appeared at Birmingham Magistrates' Court last week and were remanded in custody to appear at Birmingham Crown Court on 7 and 8 April.

Five others, aged 19, 26, 27, 37 and 40, have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Ch Supt Rachel Jones said: "This operation is just the next step of our efforts together with key partners across Birmingham to tackle drugs in our neighbourhoods.

"We know the damage drugs and their use has on communities."

Police community support officers have been delivering leaflets explaining why the raids took place and a number of drug advice sessions have also been organised.

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