More arrests after £38m heroin haul

TWO more men face the prospect of being charged in connection with a £38million seizure of heroin at Felixstowe.The consignment of the Class A drug was a record for a single haul in Britain.

TWO more men face the prospect of being charged in connection with a £38million seizure of heroin at Felixstowe.

The consignment of the Class A drug was a record for a single haul in Britain.

Customs officers, along with the National Crime Squad, have already arrested more than a dozen suspects in this country.

Now two others are waiting to find out whether they will stand trial in Turkey.


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Hussein Ustun and another unnamed Turkish national were taken into custody by the authorities.

Both men were arrested in Istanbul. They are believed to have been involved in exporting the 400 kilos of heroin to Felixstowe.

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The pair are thought to have worked for the export company which organised the transportation to the UK.

Fourteen people were arrested during the early part of last month on suspicion of being involved in the smuggling racket.

Terry Byrne, director general for law enforcement Customs and Excise said most of the arrests took place in Wales where the consignment of heroin was delivered to a warehouse.

The haul had been hidden in a 160-ton cargo of cat litter and is believed to have been discovered by the hi-tech scanner at the Suffolk port in May.

Six men have been charged with smuggling the opiate.

They are Trevor Long, 46, a flower wholesaler; Hamim, Soylu, 48, a tailor; John Dalgleash, 55, a businessman; Grant Connors, 45, a businessman; Sakip Gundogdu, 52, unemployed, and Muzaffer Arslanoglus, 45, unemployed.

Dalgleash, Gundogdu and Arslanoglus were arrested at a warehouse in Burry Port, South Wales. Long was arrested at Luton Airport as he returned from abroad. Connors was arrested at his business address in Folkes Farm at the junction of the A127 and the M25. Soylu was detained at the Dartford crossing.

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