A property in Papplewick was one of many targeted during a day of action by Nottinghamshire Police.
Eight members of a suspected organised crime group, thought to be responsible for moving cocaine throughout Derbyshire and into Nottinghamshire and the West Midlands, have been arrested.
Detectives from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) — supported by uniformed officers from Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and West Midlands police forces—conducted a number of warrants across the three counties on Tuesday 21 July 2020.
Five men aged 32, 37, 44, 48 and 62, were detained at residential premises in Derby.
Two men, aged 35 and 56, were also arrested from residential properties in Papplewick and Nottingham city centre. A business address in Radford was also searched.
A 40 year-old man was detained at a house in Coventry, in the West Midlands.
Police have recovered a substantial quantity of controlled drugs, large sums of cash, a suspected firearm and a number of high value pieces of jewellery. Several luxury cars have also been recovered including a Rolls Royce and a Bentley.
All eight suspects remain in custody for questioning on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
Detective Inspector Tim Walters said: “The arrests today are a culmination of several weeks of prolonged investigations in to this group, who were operating under a veil of secrecy. The recoveries today not only show the vast wealth being generated by the criminal supply of controlled drugs, but also the threat that these people pose to our communities, with the discovery of an illegally held firearm.”
Detective Chief Superintendent Dave Kirby, Head of EMSOU, said: “A huge amount of work went into coordinating today’s warrants. Working together as one team – and putting in a tremendous amount of effort – has reaped some great results and I want to thank the forces for supporting EMSOU today, as ever.
“Along with the arrests, we’ve seized a substantial amount of suspected Class A drugs, a suspected shotgun and a big chunk of cash. We will not tolerate this kind of criminality in the East Midlands, and we’ll relentlessly pursue those who cause harm for their own gain across our counties and beyond.”