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Five held in sham marriage probe

Woman arrested in raid in the West Midlands
Four women were arrested during the raids

Five women have been arrested in a series of raids across the West Midlands in an investigation into sham marriages.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) said the five were all from Jamaica and aged between 33 and 53.

Border officials, along with police, raided a total of 11 homes as they also investigated drug smuggling and people trafficking.

The four women were being held at a police station in Birmingham.

A total of 18 officers took part in the 10 raids. Four of the women were arrested in Birmingham and one in Wolverhampton.

A spokesman for UKBA said the women were alleged to have married British citizens solely so they could remain in the UK after overstaying their visas.

Officials are continuing to search for another six people who were not at home at the time of the raids.

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