Zephyr, working with Devon and Cornwall Police, has seized more than 50 litres of a substance believed to contain DMT (Dimethyltryptamine) – an illegal Class A drug.
A series of warrants were executed by the team yesterday (Wednesday 17th November 2010) in the Totnes area.
DMT is a hallucinogenic drug sourced from Amazonian plants and is usually taken in a liquid form known as ‘Ayahuasca.’
Specialist officers searched residential properties in Moreleigh Road, Harbertonford, Westhill Terrace, Kingerswell, West Park Staverton and Huxhams Cross, Dartington.
A warrant was also executed at a garage where a large quantity of what is thought to be the substance was found. It had been imported from Brazil. This is currently being forensically examined.
A 33-year-old woman, a 31-year-old woman, a 37-year-old woman and a 48-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply a Class A drug and drugs trafficking offences.
Two women have been released on bail pending further enquiries. A man and a woman remain in custody at this time helping police with their enquiries.
Zephyr was set up to tackle serious organised crime in the South West and is made up of officers from five force areas – Avon and Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Devon and Cornwall and Dorset.
The team works closely with agencies such as UKBA and HMRC to arrest offenders and strip them of the money they make from crime.
Detective Inspector Andy Bevan said: “DMT is very dangerous which is why it has been graded a Class A drug. As such it is taken very seriously by police and border agencies. We will continue to take strong action against those who are involved in drug related criminality.”
Anyone with any information about drug dealing in their area is asked to report it to police or by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0800 555 111 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.