TWO men from Dewsbury have been charged on suspicion of smuggling drugs worth billions of pounds into the UK.
The National Crime Agency found class A and B drugs hidden on lorries carrying vegetables and juice into the country from Holland, in what they have described as the UK’s “biggest-ever drugs racket”.
Vojtech Dano, 38, and 34-year-old Ivan Turtak, both of Vulcan Gardens in the Flatts area of Dewsbury, are charged with four counts of conspiracy to import class A drugs and four counts of conspiracy to import class B drugs.
A total of 13 suspected members of the international crime group have been charged following dawn raids on Tuesday in Dewsbury, Leeds, Manchester, Stockport, St Helens, Warrington, Bolton and London.
They are being held for allegedly importing cocaine, heroin and cannabis into the UK and were due to appear at Manchester Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Thursday).
Five other men were in court on the same charges as the Dewsbury men. They are Paul Green, 54, of Eccleston in St Helens; Sohail Qureshi, 59, White City in London; Mohammed Ovais, 41, of Burnage in Manchester; Ghazanfar Mahmood, 48, of Bolton; and Ifthikar Hussain, 46, of Leeds.
The remaining six are charged with two counts of conspiracy to import class A drugs and two counts of conspiracy to import class B drugs. They are: Khaleed Vazeer, 56, of Timperley in Manchester; Steven Martin, 48, of Bolton; Andrew Reilly, 37, of St Helens; Mark Peers, 55, and Paul Ruan, 54, both of Warrington; and Oliver Penter, 37, of Stockport.
Another four men and two women from the Netherlands, arrested in April by Dutch National Police, are currently waiting extradition to the UK.