Police have arrested two people from West Yorkshire following a nation-wide investigation into organised crime and heroin supply. 

The man and woman, both in their 30s, were arrested at a property on Lyndale Crescent, Heckmondwike, following searches across Heckmondwike and Dewsbury. 

The pair are suspected of having roles in trafficking heroin from Pakistan, and arranging its onward sale across the UK. 

They are believed to be part of an organised crime group linked to a number of substantial seizures of heroin since October 2020 at Heathrow Airport.

A further property in the Heckmondwike area was searched, along with a further two houses in Birstall and Wakefield.

One of the properties is linked to a second man who is wanted in connection to the same conspiracy and believed to no longer be in the UK.

Officers attending the searches recovered "quantities of drugs" - likely to be cocaine and heroin - as well as drugs paraphernalia and thousands of pounds in cash.

The arrests are part of a wider National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation.

Both the man and the woman remain in custody for further questioning.

Searches at the properties are ongoing.

NCA operations manager Nigel Coles said: “The drugs trade fuels violence, ruins lives and can devastate communities.

“These arrests are part of an ongoing investigation and shows the NCA’s commitment to tackling the trade in Class A drugs from source to consumer.” 

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