#AceNewsReport – Officers are investigating after a boy aged 16 was shot in Coventry on Saturday: The youngster is in hospital following the incident on Bishop Street just after 1am: His condition is not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing.
#AceDailyNews reports that WM Police Officers have launched an appeal after boy of 16, was shot in Bishop Street, Coventry in the early hours of Saturday morning A forensic examination of the scene has taken place….
We are appealing for anyone with information or who saw what happened to get in touch with us as soon as possible, as they may have vital information: We’d also ask people in the area to check their CCTV or dashcams for footage from the area at around the time.
Insp Becky Farr, of Coventry police, said: “We’ve launched a full investigation into what happened and won’t tolerate this kind of violence on our streets: Detectives are working tirelessly to establish exactly what happened and who is responsible: We’ve got extra officers patrolling the city centre throughout the weekend to offer reassurance.”
Reach us via live chat at west-midlands.police.uk, or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111: Alternatively, contact us on 101.
#AceNewsReport – Oct.11: The black BMW was located at Blythe Valley Business Park at around 12.30pm and the 28-year-old arrested on suspicion of attempted murder over the shooting in Agatha’s Road, Saltley, on 23 September….
#AceDailyNews reports that a shooting suspect who has been on run since 2017 was arrested outside a gym in Shirley after WANTED man who’s been on the run for the last four years has been arrested after we spotted him outside a gym at a Birmingham business park…..
CASE NOTES: In that incident a man suffered shotgun wounds to his arm and neck; thankfully he wasn’t seriously injured: But he was also wanted for failing to attend court back in 2017 having been charged on suspicion of importing firearms, supplying Class A drugs and perverting the course of justice: Another man, the 22-year-old driver, was also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. Both men remain in police custody today: It’s suspected the 28-year-old, from Birmingham, fled the UK to Pakistan having skipped court in 2017 where he lay low to avoid capture.Our armed officers arrested the wanted man…..
Sergeant Chris Smith from our FCID said: “This is a significant arrest. We acted swiftly on receiving intelligence he was at the location and armed officers spotted the car about to leave the car park: The suspect tried giving us false details in the hope he could escape but an officer with detailed knowledge of the case was on hand to identify him: He’s a man we’ve been after for quite some time, someone linked to serious criminality involving firearms, and it’s great we now have him in custody.”
#AceNewsReport – Oct.06: The 20-year-old was sadly pronounced dead in hospital the following morning: We have a specially trained family liaison officer supporting his loved ones and they have agreed for us to release Amin’s photo on their behalf.Amin Talea
#AceDailyNews reports that a man has been charged with ‘fatal stabbing’ in Birmingham: Amin Talea was discovered by a passer-by in Middleton Hall Road at 9.30pm with a stab wound to his abdomen that would ultimately prove fatal.
A statement on behalf of his family reads: “Rest in paradise Amin Talea. You had a pure soul and contagious energy. You will be missed by many. We will carry your legacy through: ” A massive thank-you to the police who have been supportive through this devastating time and thank you to everyone who has been supporting us especially friends, family and the neighbourhood, the love doesn’t go un-noticed: ” I wouldn’t wish this on anybody. Sleep Tight Angel Boy.”We arrested a teenager in Selly Oak at around midday on Saturday and he’s now been charged over the killing.
Ridhwaan Farouk, aged 19, has now been charged with murder and remanded into prison having appeared in court yesterday.
Detective Inspector Ade George, from the force’s homicide unit, is leading the enquiry. He said: “This young man has lost his life in the most tragic of circumstances and we are determined to get justice for his family: “Our enquiries continue and I would still like to hear from anyone with information who has not yet contacted us to please get in touch.”
Information can be given via Live Chat on our website or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting log 4199 of 1/10.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.28: Mr Ghafar suffered significant knife wounds and one of his arms had been severed after he was attacked across a number of rooms in Holly Road, Handsworth: Swaby fled through a kitchen window when officers arrived but he was quickly chased down and arrested..…
#AceDailyNews reports that a killer is convicted over Handsworth murder after David Swaby inflicted more than 50 injuries on Hassan Ghafar during the early hours of 7 February this year…
CASE NOTES: The 34-year-old claimed he had been defending himself but offered no consistent version of events around what happened: After searching the address we found a number of items including knives, scissors, rolling pin, poles and a dumbbell containing 22-year-old Mr Ghafar’s blood: Swaby, of Holly Road, Handsworth, was convicted of murder following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court. He was remanded ahead of sentencing on 15 October.
Detective Inspector Ranj Sangha, who led the investigation, said: “This was a brutal and prolonged attack on Mr Ghafar who sustained blows across his body along with significant stab wounds: No-one should be put through such an ordeal and this has been a harrowing experience for Mr Ghafar’s family, who have had to live through what happened to him during the trial: We may never truly know what led to the events in Holly Road. We recovered CCTV showing the pair arriving at the address in the early hours of the morning with no hint of anything being untowards between them: Tragically, nothing can ever be done to bring Mr Ghafar back and our thoughts will always remain with his loved ones.”
#AceNewsReport – Sept.23: Officers yesterday we arrested a man on suspicion of using the tactic to talk his way inside a 95-year-old woman’s Allesley home last month……
#AceDailyNews reports that recently WM Police officers urged everyone in the area to be vigilant against so called ‘Nottingham Knockers’ – scammers who go door-to-door pretending to be selling homewares but who are looking for an opportunity to sneak inside and steal…….For more safety advice go to this section of their website.
20th September 2021
The trusting woman opened her door to a man on 27 August at around midday. He was offering things like cloths and tea towels for sale.
He then claimed to be thirsty and when the woman went to get him a glass of water he sneaked inside and swiped her purse. He even drank the water before leaving with her cash and cards.
Yesterday our officers spotted a man in Walgrave Road who we’d been looking for in connection with the offence.
He tried running off but they arrested him in back gardens.
A 42-year-old man has now been charged with burglary and is due in court this afternoon.
We’re also really keen to hear from any residents who may have experienced this type of con in recent weeks.
The scam involves the offender suggesting they’ve been released from prison and are trying to turn their life around as a salesperson offering housewares to residents.
If you believed you’ve been targeted then please get in touch. Call us on 101 or message us via Live Chat through our website.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.17: Vietnamese national Ho Sy Quoc, aged 21, of Grove Lane in Handsworth, will appear before Birmingham Magistrates today (14 September) charged with assisting unlawful immigration…..
#AceDailyNews reports on an NCA UPDATE: Smuggling Investigation Report: Vietnamese National has been arrested and charged in connection with people smuggling of illegal immigration: The man is now being questioned on suspicion of assisting illegal immigration to the UK and money laundering offences……
Update: 14 September 2021
The charges relate to the alleged smuggling of Vietnamese migrants into the UK in the backs of lorries in August and September 2020.
13 September 2021
A man who is suspected of being a high-ranking member of a Vietnamese people smuggling network has been arrested as part of a National Crime Agency operation in Birmingham.
The 23-year-old Vietnamese national was held during a raid on a property in the Handsworth area at around six o’clock this morning (Monday 13 September).
He was detained by NCA officers as he attempted to exit the building out of a window onto a flat roof below.
A large quantity of cash, estimated to be around £10,000, was also recovered from the property.
The arrest is the latest phase of an investigation into the smuggling of mainly Vietnamese migrants into the UK in the backs of lorries in August and September 2020.
NCA Branch Operations Manager Paul Boniface said: We are determined to disrupt and dismantle people smuggling networks wherever they are operating: These groups treat people as a commodity to be profited from and are quite happy to put lives at risk in dangerous journeys in the back of trucks or in small boats: Protecting life and preventing exploitation are our priorities, and this investigation continues.”…….The NCA leads the law enforcement response to the organised criminality involved in the trafficking and smuggling of people impacting upon the UK: The agency investigates the highest harm criminal networks, and currently has around 50 ongoing investigations into networks or individuals in the top tier of organised immigration crime or human trafficking.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.12: The offender – who we suspect is in his mid- to late teens – is suspected of pulling a knife on a schoolboy and demanding his bag and money…..
#AceDailyNews reports that WMPolice officers need to speak to this lad over an attempted knife-point robbery in the Bullring Shopping Centre on Aug.05: around 17:00hrs: A 14yr-old-teen has been arrested in connection with the incident as enquires continue ….
8th September 2021
The victim ran off to the aid of a passer-by and the offender, who was with another teenager, made off from the scene.
We’ve arrested a 14-year-old boy in connection with the incident but really need to identify this lad.
It happened on 5 August at around 5.20pm.
If you believe you recognise the lad, who appears to be wearing a large silver medallion, please do the right thing and get in touch.
You can message us on Live Chat through our website or call 101. We don’t need your name, we just need the suspect’s name.
Or you can call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111……….Please quote crime number 20/25687/21
#AceNewsReport – Sept.06: The container arrived in the UK on 13 July 2018 and, when opened and examined by Border Force officers, contained sacks of coconuts with plastic wrapped herbal cannabis hidden inside the fruits…….
#AceDailyNews reports that a smuggler who hid 138kg of cannabis in coconuts jailed: Richard Myers, 53, from Smethwick, West Midlands, was arrested as part of a National Crime Agency investigation after a consignment destined for his business, Soul Foods, was searched.
The drugs weighed almost 138 kilos. A further block of cannabis weighing 497 grams was found at Myers’ home.
The drugs would have been worth £650,000 if sold on the streets of the UK.
The NCA investigation found Myers had travelled to Ghana to see the drugs loaded before returning to the UK.
Myers had previously been convicted of drug smuggling in 1995 when cannabis was found concealed in his false bottomed suitcase.
He had also been convicted of importing drugs into Sweden and possession of cannabis when he tried to return to the UK from Jamaica with 10.45kg and 4.54kg in his luggage on two occasions in 2002 and 2003.
Myers was interviewed by NCA officers and refused to answer any questions about Soul Foods. He was subsequently charged with importing cannabis and possession with intent to supply cannabis.
He denied the charges but was found guilty following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court.
Myers was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years imprisonment at the same court on 20 August.
NCA senior investigating officer Paul Boniface said: Myers travelled to Ghana to ensure these drugs were on their way, hiding them in coconuts in the hope they would seem to be a legitimate business transaction: This was not his first attempt at importation and Myers appeared intent on bringing cannabis onto the streets of the UK: The NCA will continue to work to tackle the drugs trade and will work with our Border Force partners to stop people like Myers from fuelling illegal and exploitative criminal networks.”
#AceNewsReport – Aug.25: The man was in Oxford Street, Digbeth, at around 2.45am when he got into a fight with another man: He suffered a knife wound, collapsed at the scene and was sadly pronounced dead in hospital later this morning: The man, aged 25, has been identified; a post mortem examination is expected to be carried out tomorrow:
#AceDailyNews reports that a murder investigation launched after clubber stabbed in Birmingham and the scene remains sealed off for a forensic search but our cordon is expected to be lifted later today.The man was stabbed after leaving a club in the Digbeth area
22nd August 2021
Detective Inspector Hannah Whitehouse from our Homicide Unit said: “We understand the man had left a club shortly before he got involved in a confrontation with another man in the street: Our early inquiries show there were lots of people in the area and many were filming what happened on their phones. I need those people to get in touch as clearly they may have caught the offender on camera: Similarly, I would ask taxi drivers or other motorists who were in the location to check dash-cam footage to see if they have recorded the fight or the offender making off.”
Anyone with information is asked to message us on Live Chat via our website or call 101 quoting log 424 from 22 August: Or you can call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.15: The dad and son were attacked with a knife and treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken to hospital. The dad, aged 37, was slashed across the back and is recovering at home. His 13-year-old son suffered more serious injuries and has been kept in hospital for further treatment.
#AceDailyNews reports that a 14yr-old-boy has been arrested following double stabbing in Sheldon after a teenage boy and his dad were attacked outside their house on Wychwood Crescent, Sheldon just before 10pm on 10 August: 2021:
11th August 2021
Our priority is to find out exactly what happened and why, but we need your help to do that. If you think you can help please get in touch. The easiest way to speak to us is via live chat at west-midlands.police.uk.
To remain 100% anonymous please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They pay cash rewards of up to £1,000 if the information you provide leads to a positive result. Please quote investigation number 20/808658/21.
During the holidays we’re urging parents to speak to their children about the devastating impact of carrying knives. No matter where you live, knife crime is an issue which affects us all.
While many young people don’t carry knives, you have a role to play in helping your child make the right choice on this subject. If there is one person your child will listen to, it’s you. They respect you more than you think.
#AceNewsReport – July.26: The officers were patrolling New Square in the town centre just before 11.30am as they had been granted extra powers to carry out stop checks following an increase in violence and robberies over the last few days.
#AceDailyNews reports that two men have been charged with the attempted murder of two police officers in West Bromwich on Wednesday morning (21 July) around 11.30am whilst on patrol they received injuries and have now been discharged ….
23rd July 2021
They received slash injuries and have now been discharged from hospital. They continue to recover at home with support from us.
Parminder Hunjan, aged 37, and Maninder Hunjan, aged 25 (not 41 as previously reported), have been charged with two counts of attempted murder, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of an imitation firearm.
Maninder Hunjan has also been charged with possession of a prohibited item.
The men, both of Frank Road, Smethwick, have been remanded to appear at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court today (Friday).
A 31-year-old woman has been bailed with strict conditions pending further enquiries.
#AceNewsReport – July.22: Officers tried to stop the vehicle but it drove away and we pursued it until it came to a stop in Chatham Road, Northfield, when it hit a stationary vehicle…..
#AceDailyNews reports that the Nissan Juke, which was on false plates, was seen in Genners Lane, Bartley Green, on Saturday (17 July) at about 6.30pm when it almost collided with two pedestrians…..
19th July 2021
Following a short foot chase officers detained three teenagers and during a search of the Nissan we found two machetes.
These have been seized for forensic examination and the Nissan, which was reported stolen from Lichfield Road, Walsall Wood overnight on July 11 to 12, has been recovered.
Three youths, two aged 16 and one aged 18, were arrested on suspicion of theft of a vehicle and possession of an offensive weapon. One of the 16 year olds was also arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.
All three were questioned and have now been released under investigation as our enquiries continue.
Anyone with information can contact us via live chat at west-midlands.police.uk, call 101, or tell us what you know, not who you are, by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, quoting crime reference number 20/902548/21.
#AceNewsReport – July.22: She remains in police custody this afternoon as our enquiries continue to establish exactly what happened and we are working closely with the hospital on this…
#AceDailyNews reports UPDATE: On the investigation into New Cross Hospital stabbing and them 47-year-old woman was arrested just after midday today (Wednesday) on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.
21st July 2021
At this time we’re not looking for anyone else in connection with the crime.
A man arrested by officers at the scene yesterday has been de-arrested. We thank him for his co-operation and he is no longer part of our enquiries.
The woman who was hurt in the incident was discharged from hospital yesterday evening following treatment for minor injuries.
#AceNewsReport – July.15: Our investigation led us to Nottingham where two men were arrested on Thursday night (1 July) James McGhee, aged 27, from Stanstead Avenue in the Bulwell area of the city, has now been charged with Carl’s murder and is set to appear in Wolverhampton Magistrates Court today (5 July): The other man arrested, who is aged 68, has been released from police custody under investigation while our enquiries continue.
#AceDailyNews reports that a man has been charged with murder of Carl Woodall at Black Country industrial estate who was found dead at a unit in Doulton Road, Rowley Regis on 28 June: A post mortem examination revealed the 44-year-old, a father-of-five, died from multiple injuries.Man charged with the murder of Carl Woodall
Detective Inspector Hannah Whitehouse, from our homicide team, is leading the investigation. She said: “Our officers have been working flat out since the awful discovery of Carl’s body to understand what happened: “ The investigation has progressed rapidly and this is a significant development – but our enquiries continue and I would urge anyone with information to get in touch: “ Carl’s family are understandably distraught by what has happened – please help us help them get the answers they need.”
We can be contacted via live chat on our website or call us on 101, quoting log number 3064 of 28 June.
#AceNewsReport – July.06: The 21-year-old began his campaign of sexual assaults in March 2019.
#AceDailyNews reports that serial rapist Esa Juwara has been sentenced to life with a minimum of 18 years in jail following the sentence at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday (2 July).
COURT NOTES: Juwara, of Lighthorne Avenue, Ladywood, was convicted on all charges in May. He was picked out by three victims in ID parades and matched the descriptions given by the other two: DNA evidence from a sixth victim also linked him to the offences, however she did not wish to make a complaint, but did give evidence in court:
CASE NOTES: He approached his first victim on Reservoir Road on his pushbike in the early hours of 10 March: When she refused his advances, he grabbed her and threatened her with a knife but fortunately her friends heard her screams and as they came running, Juwara made off.Esa Juwara will serve a minimum of 18 years: In July of the same year: Juwara attacked another sex worker on Ladywood Road. She also refused his advances so he punched her and hit her repeatedly with a bike chain. She managed to escape but was left with a loose tooth, which subsequently fell out, and bruises: Three months later Juwara accosted the same victim again in Icknield Port Road: This time she was unable to fight him off as he punched her repeatedly and raped her:
Juwara went on to rape another sex worker on two separate occasions in November and December, again with the same level of violence, and another was attacked twice in December – the first time saved by members of the public, but threatened with a knife and raped on the second occasion:
A fifth woman was attacked in Chamberlain Gardens by Juwara with his bike chain around her neck: She passed out for a short time and awoke to find him raping her, before passers-by came to her rescue and Juwara made off: The women provided good descriptions, which helped our investigations to trace the man responsible. In January, plain clothes police officers were on patrol in Ladywood Park when they spotted a man on a bike matching the description of the offender. As they moved in to arrest him, he threatened a female officer with his bike chain. CS spray was discharged, but he made off. Fortunately, officers nearby were able to detain him.
Detective Inspector Dave Bates, from our Public Protection Unit, said: “The bravery of these women in coming forward is immense. They suffered such utterly degrading and violent crimes, yet found the courage to report them to us and give a detailed description of their attacker, helping us to catch him. They also had to relive their terror as they gave evidence in court.
“I commend the outreach programmes who supported them through their ordeals.
“They can be incredibly proud that they have prevented further attacks on more women as there is no doubt in my mind that Juwara would have continued his offending.”
#AceNewsReport – June.30: Today (Monday 28 June), 28-year-old Zephaniah McLeod has pleaded guilty to four counts of attempted murder, three counts of wounding and manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility: University library intern Jacob Billington, 23, died and seven others were injured in five separate incidents in the early hours of 6 September.
#AceDailyNews reports BIRMINGHAM U.K. Stabbings: Man admits Jacob Billington killing and according to West Midlands Police: Zephaniah McLeod admitted a charge of manslaughter and four counts of attempted murder
The events in the early hours of Sunday 6 September began half an hour after midnight when a 33-year-old man was stabbed in Constitution Hill leaving him with a neck wound. Twenty minutes later a 25-year-old woman was stabbed to her shoulder in Livery Street and, minutes after that in Barwick Street, a 29-year-old man was left in a critical condition with a chest wound.
Zephaniah McLeod, 28, of Nately Grove, Selly Oak, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to Mr Billington’s manslaughter.
At Birmingham Crown Court, he also admitted four counts of attempted murder and three of wounding.
Appearing via video link, McLeod was told he would be sentenced on 27 and 28 September.
PA Media: A total of eight people were injured after the attacks in and around the city’s Gay Village
Mr Billington, from Crosby, Merseyside, was stabbed in Irving Street while enjoying a night out with school friends.
A post-mortem examination found the intern at Sheffield Hallam University died of a stab wound to the neck.
His family were present in court and over video link to hear McLeod’s pleas and they heard he has paranoid schizophrenia.
Seven others were hurt in the cluster of attacks across the city centre including Mr Billington’s old school friend and bandmate Michael Callaghan.
In a statement after his death, Mr Billington’s family said he was “the light of our life” and his death had devastated them.
On Monday, in addition to the charge of manslaughter, he admitted four counts of attempted murder.
He pleaded not guilty to three other counts of attempted murder but instead admitted three charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Prosecutor Karim Khalil QC told the court the guilty and not guilty pleas were acceptable to the prosecution.
He added psychiatrists for both prosecution and defence agreed McLeod suffered from paranoid schizophrenia at the time of the events.
“It was unquestionably a condition which affected his ability to understand all that was going on,” Mr Khalil added.
The attacks happened at four locations across Birmingham city centre
He added consultations had taken place before the decision with victims and Mr Billington’s parents.
The Recorder of Birmingham, Judge Melbourne Inman QC, said of the stabbings: “There are many people touched and affected by the case.” He added it was important the psychiatrists involved in assessing McLeod were given time to help the court decide on his sentence.
McLeod’s attacks happened in the space of 90 minutes: Police were first called just after 00:30 to Constitution Hill, where a 33-year-old man sustained a neck woundAbout 20 minutes later they were sent to Livery Street, near Snow Hill railway station, where they found a 25-year-old woman who had been stabbed in the shoulderMinutes later a man, 29, was found in a critical condition with a chest wound on Barwick Street:
West Midlands Police said after leaving Barwick Street, McLeod dumped his knife in a drain, caught a taxi home, rearmed and headed back into the city centre: At 01:50, officers were despatched to Irving Street, where Mr Billington was found with fatal injuries and his 23-year-old friend critically injuredAbout 10 minutes later, police were called to Hurst Street, in the city’s Gay Village, to find a 23-year-old woman had been critically injured and two men, aged 24 and 29, had been stabbed.
Det Ch Insp Jim Munro said the force used footage from the large number of CCTV cameras in the city to help track down McLeod after the attacks: “ We were able to match the clothing McLeod wore to witness and victim descriptions, to identify him and he was arrested from his home address 24 hours later,” he said.
#AceNewsReport – June.22: He was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to hospital but sadly was later pronounced dead:
#AceDailyNews says ……A murder investigation has been launched after shooting in Oldbury and officers were called to Dudley Road East at just before 1.30am, where a man was found with serious gunshot wounds.
20th June 2021
Our investigation is in the early stages and we have closed off the area as forensic examinations are carried out.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact us via live chat on our website or call us on 101, quoting crime number 20/1126386/21.
#AceNewsReport – June.13: Our investigation has resulted in the arrest yesterday (11 June) of a 34-year-old man from an address in Sandwell. He remains in custody for questioning on suspicion of murder.
WM Police Murder arrest after man found dead in Solihull: The 26-year-old man was found by a relative just before 6.30pm at his home in Scott Road: He had significant head injuries and sadly nothing could be done to save him.
12th June 2021
Detective Inspector Jim Mahon, from our homicide team, said: “My thoughts remain with the family and friends of the man who sadly lost his life. They have been fully updated with this latest development: Our investigation continues and I’d urge anyone who may have information, but not yet contacted us to get in touch.”
If you have information please contact us via live chat on our website or call 101 quoting log number 3778 of 7 June.
#AceNewsReport – June.13: The last man arrested as part of a National Crime Agency investigation into the alleged importation of cocaine and heroin has been extradited from the Netherlands to face the UK courts.
NCA Report: ‘The Dutch national was brought to the UK officers following the conclusion of his extradition hearings in the Netherlands’
Dominique Anthony Ventura Da Costa, 36, was detained by Dutch police on a European Arrest Warrant in August 2018.
The gang he is alleged to have been part of was responsible for importing millions of pounds worth of class A drugs into the UK from the Netherlands hidden in loads of chicken in 2016 and 2017.
On three occasions, heroin and cocaine worth around £5 million was seized hidden in chicken shipments. However NCA investigators, working in partnership with the Dutch police, subsequently identified another 16 importations which they suspect contained drugs, which would have brought the overall street value to around £12 million.
Da Costa is alleged to have been part of the Dutch arm of the operation, where drugs were placed within consignments for shipment to the UK.
He is due to appear before Birmingham Magistrates’ Court today (11 June).
NCA Senior Investigating Officer Gary Winch said: “This case shows that there is no hiding place for those attempting to evade UK law enforcement.
“We are determined to track down fugitives, and neither the passage of time or international borders are a barrier to us doing so.
“We are grateful for the assistance of our Dutch partners in this operation, and Da Costa will now go before UK courts.”
Eleven people have previously been convicted in connection with the NCA investigation, with prison sentences totalling around 100 years handed out.
A further individual, Dutch national Shahzad Butt, 33, was extradited to the UK from the Netherlands in December 2020 as part of the same investigation. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import controlled drugs into the UK at Birmingham Crown Court on 16 April 2021 and will be sentenced following the conclusion of Da Costa’s court proceedings.