Five charged with modern slavery and drugs offences following police raids



Five men are set to appear before magistrates in North Staffordshire tomorrow morning after being charged with modern slavery and drug supply offences.

The group were arrested after police carried out raids across Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme on Wednesday (February 26).

Tonight Staffordshire Police have confirmed the group will appear at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on Friday.

  • Muazzam Naseer, aged 22, of Grove Place, Shelton, has been charged with conspiracy to supply a Class A controlled drug – cocaine, conspiracy to supply a Class A controlled drug – heroin, two counts of require a person to perform forced or compulsory labour and two counts of arrange or facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation.
  • Haroon Hussain, aged 26, of Havelock Place, Shelton, Qasim Rafi, aged 29, of Sun Street, Shelton, and Lee Comley, aged 46, of Heaton Terrace, Wolstanton, have been charged with conspiracy to supply a Class A controlled drug – cocaine, conspiracy to supply a Class A controlled drug – heroin, require a person to perform forced or compulsory labour and arrange or facilitate travel of another person with a view to exploitation.
  • Paul Harnett, 42, of Penstock Drive, Cliffe Vale, has been charged with conspiracy to supply a Class A controlled drug – cocaine and conspiracy to supply a Class A controlled drug – heroin.

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A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman added:  “A further three men, aged 22, 27 and 28, from Stoke-on-Trent, have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

“Five people from Stoke-on-Trent were arrested today (Thursday February 27) on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs – a 17-year-old girl and a 41-year-old woman who remain in custody and a 23-year-old man, 31-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman who have been released under investigation pending further enquiries.”





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