Erith men arrested after drugs raid

PUBLISHED: 15:52 15 May 2013 | UPDATED: 15:52 15 May 2013

Two men from Erith have been arrested after Kent Police uncovered around £7million worth of drugs in two vans travelling along the M6 motorway.

The 23 and 38 year olds have been bailed until July 4, along with two men from Liverpool, aged and 47, and a 32-year-old man from Chislehurst.

The two vans were stopped on April 30 as part of an investigation by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, uncovering around 180 kilos of drugs including cannabis, ecstasy tablets and cocaine.

Both vehicles had travelled from a lock-up at the Darent Industrial Park in Landau Way, Erith, which was also searched by officers.

The vans were stopped on the M6 shortly after 8pm with the assistance of Cheshire and Staffordshire police officers. Three men were arrested and further drugs, including more than 300 cannabis plants, were uncovered at the lock-up.

Enquiries led officers to arrest two further men on May 3. All five were questioned at North Kent Police station.

Det Ch Insp Eddie Fox, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “This is a major coup in the fight against this crime group and drugs as a whole. It demonstrates our commitment to tackle organised criminality which has a significant impact in Kent.”

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