Leeds Man Charged Over 18 Million Pound Drug Haul

13 February 2015, 15:26

A man from Leeds has been arrested and charged after a multi million pound drug haul in the Midlands.

Nine men were arrested in 2 seperate operations and drugs worth more than £18m were seized in two separate operations on Wednesday 12 February.

Operation Nemesis is Staffordshire Police force's ongoing operation to tackle drug dealers.

The first operation saw officers execute seven warrants at properties in Lichfield, Burntwood, Rugeley, Coventry and Birmingham.

Cannabis with an estimated street value of £125,000 was seized in the Lichfield area.

As a result of the warrants seven men were arrested in connection with drugs offences. They have all been bailed, pending further inquiries, to a later date.

In the second operation, carried out in Cheadle in the Staffordshire Moorlands, officers acted on information received and stopped two vehicles on the A52 on Wednesday morning.

A search of the vehicles resulted in the discovery of approximately 40 kilos of suspected Class A drugs.

Heroin with an estimated street value of £15m, and cocaine with an estimated street value of £3m.

As a result of this operation two men have been charged and have appeared before magistrates in Newcastle today.

Barry Briggs, aged 43, from Seaforth Grove in Leeds, is charged with possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of class A – heroin.

Dave Vandeven, aged 29, from Rotterdam, is charged with two counts of being concerned in the fraudulent evasion of a prohibition on the importation of a class A drug.