Man wanted over drug im­ports

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A HAYES ‘ man-with-avan’ is wanted in con­nec­tion with a num­ber of large-scale drug im­por­ta­tions.

Bal­winder Rai, a 28year-old In­dian na­tional, pre­vi­ously lived at an ad­dress in Hamil­ton Road, Hayes, and is thought to still be in the area.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors from the Na­tional Crime Agency are ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion to trace him and want to speak to him, fol­low­ing the seizure of around 120kgs of cannabis from a lorry.

It was dis­cov­ered by Bor­der Force of­fi­cers car­ry­ing out checks on freight at the Chan­nel Tun­nel ter­mi­nal in Co­quelles, north­ern France, in Fe­bru­ary 2015.

The drugs were con­cealed within a pal­let be­ing shipped from Spain to a freight agent in Staines. Sub­se­quent checks showed that a num­ber of other con­sign­ments had made the same jour­ney.

Steve McIntyre, from the Na­tional Crime Agency’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion team in Dover, said: “We sus­pect the or­gan­ised crime group re­spon­si­ble for this smug­gling at­tempt may have been be­hind sev­eral other sig­nif­i­cant im­por­ta­tions, po­ten­tially in­volv­ing around a tonne of illegal drugs shipped in to the UK in just a few months.

“Bal­winder Rai has ex­ten­sive links in the Hayes area of west Lon­don, where we know he lived and op­er­ated a ‘man-with-a-van’ type busi­ness. He also spent some time in the Hol­ly­wood area of south Birm­ing­ham.

“It is im­por­tant that we speak to him as soon as pos­si­ble, so I would urge him to come for­ward.

“I would also ask that if any­one in the Hayes area or wider com­mu­nity has seen him or knows any­thing that might help us trace him, they do the right thing and let us or Crimestop­pers know anony­mously.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can call the Na­tional Crime Agency on 0370 496 7622 or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

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