More than 100 West Midlands Police officers were involved in a series of dawn raids across Wolverhampton and the Black Country this morning (Tuesday).

The 7am raids, at four residential addresses and five tanning salons in the Wolverhampton and Black Country area as well as two business addresses, were the culmination of a lengthy investigation into an organised crime group.

Officers seized four cars – including a Bentley convertible and a BMW – a live firearm, a bag of class A drugs, multiple kilos of cannabis, a large quantity of cash, jewellery and a jetski.

Four men and four women were arrested as a result of Operation Syndicate, which was carried out with support from HM Revenue and Customs.

Detective Chief Inspector Derek Quinn said: “This morning’s raids were as a result of a long-term investigation into iconic criminality and involved offences of drug supply and money laundering.

“The operation shows the commitment of West Midlands Police in tackling organised crime networks and those people causing harm in our communities.”