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Three tonnes of cannabis seized

Cannabis resin seized
The seized drugs are now being examined by forensic experts

Three tonnes of cannabis resin have been found by West Midlands Police in its largest seizure of the drug.

The resin, which police believe has a street value of 9.5m, was found in a raid in Coventry on Tuesday.

The drugs were found in six pallets, each containing 500kg (1,100lbs) of cannabis resin bars.

Dean Merrick, 41, of Bedworth, Warwickshire, has been charged with possessing cannabis resin with intent to supply.

Mr Merrick, of Church Street, Bulkington, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court where he was remanded in custody on 25 July.

The seizure was carried out at what was believed to be a warehouse on the outskirts of the city.

About 20,000 in cash was also seized from the property.

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Two people have been arrested following the record haul




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