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More than £1m seized in Birmingham drugs raid

More than £1m in banknotes has been recovered from a house in Birmingham used by suspected drug dealers.

West Midlands Police said the discovery at the property in Stechford was the largest amount of cash it had confiscated from suspected criminals.

Magistrates ordered that the cash be forfeited on 26 October, meaning it could be confiscated by police.

Officers said the cash was found in a loft with an industry-sized cash counting machine.

A number of arrests have been made as part of a continuing investigation, a police spokesman said.

'Back into community'

The discovery, made by officers executing a warrant, was believed to be linked to drug-dealing activity.

Det Ch Insp Steven Reed, who heads the Economic Crime Unit, said: "This is the most significant seizure of cash in the history of the force.

"Our specialist financial investigators have also been successful in forfeiting the money, which means it can be reinvested back into the community for the benefit of others.

"We hope it will go a long way towards disrupting criminal activity in the area and reassure members of the public we are fully committed to protecting them from drug dealers and any other form of criminal activity."

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