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Kings Norton house raided as part of investigation into drugs and firearms

Andy Morris 14th Jul, 2020

POLICE raided a house in Kings Norton as part of an investigation in which three people were charged with drugs and firearms offences after officers seized a sub-machine gun, drugs and cash.

Michael Earp, 29, of Pear Tree Road, Shard End was detained by National Crime Agency officers on Friday July 10 at an address in Kings Norton and was charged with conspiring to possess drugs, an automatic firearm and ammunition.

He was remanded to custody and is due to appear at Birmingham Crown Court on August 10.

Danyal Aziz, 26, of Pelham Road, Stechford was arrested at his home address on June 26 and charged with the same offences. He is due to appear at Birmingham Crown Court on July 24.

Nicole Rhone, 26, of Yardley Green Road, Bordesley, was arrested on May 17 at her home address and charged with possession of an automatic firearm and ammunition. She was released on bail and is due to appear at Birmingham Crown Court on 27 June.

Officers seized a Skorpian sub-machine gun from the address, as well as ammunition.

Officers have also seized approximately one kilo of drugs and about 40k cash as part of the investigation.

The investigation is part of Operation Venetic, which has so far seen more than 750 people arrested by law enforcement across the UK following the infiltration of an encrypted communications platform.

NCA branch commander Adam Warnock said: “We know that high levels of violence and exploitation are linked to illegal drugs and firearms in the UK and pursuing the criminals behind this type of activity is our top priority.”

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