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Former kennels owner charged after £10M drugs bust

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Benjamin Holt, the 42-year-old owner of the now defunct Highlands Kennels in East Sussex, was charged at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court today after police discovered a £10 million cocaine stash.

Police stopped two vehicles involved in a transaction in Birmingham on Wednesday (10 April) and seized 102 kilograms of cocaine, valued at £10 million, with the kennels being raided yesterday.

“Officers from the regional organised crime unit have been proactively targeting serious crime in Staffordshire, the West Midlands, Warwickshire, and West Mercia as part of a continued crackdown called Operation Target,” stated Staffordshire Police. “We are continuing to disrupt those who plan, organise, and commit serious criminal offences across the county, including drug supply, illegal firearms, knife crime, human trafficking, and sexual exploitation.”

Although Google shows Highlands Kennels as “temporarily closed,” it has been liquidated according to Companies House records.

He faces charges alongside Mohamoud Mahamoud, 29, from West Drayton, Greater London, and Adam Vorster, 41, from Birmingham.

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