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Newent man charged by police investigating alleged drug smuggling ring

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 14, 2014

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Following a series of arrests conducted on Wednesday morning as part of an investigation into a major conspiracy to import illegal drugs into the UK, detectives have charged seven people with drug offences.

10 people were arrested on suspicion of being part of an operation to smuggle cannabis, amphetamines and MDMA into the UK.

Yesterday the following people were charged:

Anthony Powell, aged 23 and of Whittington Walk, Newent, Glos, was charged with conspiracy to supply and import class A and B drugs.

Nigel Powell, aged 51 and of Home Green near Ross-on-Wye, was charged with conspiracy to import class A and class B drugs.

Stephen James Jones, aged 54, of Broad Street, Ross-on-Wye was charged with conspiracy to supply class B drugs.

Robert Scott, age 66 from Broughton Hackett, Worcester was charged with conspiracy to import class A drugs and money laundering.

Robert Whitehouse, age 67 of Dusthouse Lane, Finstall, Bromsgrove, was charged with conspiracy to import class A and class B drugs and money laundering.

Richard Andrew Dale, aged 50 of Brownhills, West Midlands, was charged with conspiracy to supply and import class A and B drugs

Peter Hillback, aged 41 and of Charles Close, Cheslyn Hay, Walsall, was charged with conspiracy to import and supply class A drugs.

Jacobus Samson, a Dutch national, who was arrested in the town of Beek, in The Netherlands, continues to help the Dutch and German authorities with their inquiries into the conspiracy.

A 54-year-old woman and a 66-year-old woman both from Worcestershire and both arrested on suspicion of money laundering, and a 42-year-old man from Cheltenham arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to import and supply class A and class B drugs, were all released on bail pending further inquiries.

All those charged will appear this morning at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court.

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