Dozens of serious criminals across the West Midlands have been arrested as part of the United Kingdom’s biggest ever law enforcement operation.
Operation Venetic has seen entire organised crime groups dismantled with almost 750 arrests and the seizure of £54m of criminal cash, 77 firearms and more than two tonnes of drugs to date.
And as part of the major operation the West Midlands Special Operations Unit has arrested 43 people, seized £7.2m in cash, 19 firearms and 233 kg of cocaine.
The operation, run by the National Crime Agency (NCA) with help from police forces across the country, involved the infiltration of an encrypted global communications system used by criminals for coordinating and distributing their illegal goods.
Conservative MP for Ludlow, Philip Dunne, praised the efforts of the NCA and police officers from West Mercia in taking criminals, weapons and drugs off our streets.
Mr Dunne said:
“This Government will be tough on crime and this major operation shows our agencies will not allow criminals to bring weapons and drugs to our streets.
I am sure people across South Shropshire will join me in thanking our police force in their part in this operation to help keep our streets and families safer from the scourge of crime.
Of course, this is not the end of the battle against crime on our streets, but it is a major success and will send the message we will continue to hunt down criminals and their gangs who are intent on making money and bringing fear to communities through their illegal activities.”