Four charged after NCA raid on Erdington cash and drugs ‘stash house’

Friday, 8th January 2021

  • More than 130 kilos of cannabis was found.
  • £30,000 cash were also recovered from the property.

FOUR people have been charged and quantities of drugs and cash recovered following a National Crime Agency raid on a property around 10 miles from Tamworth.

Officers moved in on the evening of Wednesday 6 January as part of an ongoing investigation into drug supply and money laundering.

Inside the house on Chester Road in Erdington NCA search teams recovered more than 130 kilos of cannabis.

Some of the packages were vacuum packed in bags ready to go, others were hidden inside the walls in the loft area of the property.

Drugs found stashed within the loft of the property.

Drugs were found stashed within the loft of the property. (Credit: NCA)

A further 600 ecstasy tablets and around £30,000 cash were also found, along with two kilos of a white crystalline powder which has been sent for testing. Some of the cash had been bundled up and thrown into a neighbouring garden.

Four Vietnamese men were arrested at the scene. Following questioning they were charged with drugs supply and money laundering offences, and appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court today (Friday 8 January).

They were remanded in custody until their next hearing at Birmingham Crown Court on 5 February.

drugs were found packaged and ready to go.

Cannabis was found packaged and ready to go. (Credit: NCA)

A 27-year-old Vietnamese woman was also arrested but was released under investigation.

A further two Vietnamese nationals, both men, were arrested for immigration offences and have been handed to the immigration authorities.

NCA senior investigating officer Paul Boniface said:

“We believe this operation uncovered what is effectively a ‘stash house’ for organised criminals, where drugs were stored before being sold, and cash moved in the opposite direction.

“We have seized drugs worth hundreds of thousands of pounds which will represent a serious hit to those involved, and prevent them from reinvesting that in further criminality and exploitation.”

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