A couple arrested in connection with an international inquiry into illegal drug production are due in court to face extradition proceedings to the US.
Brian Howes, 43, from Middlesbrough, and Kerry Ann Shanks, 28, from Bo'ness, were arrested in Bo'ness on Tuesday by Central Scotland Police officers.
Police were acting on behalf of the US Drug Enforcement Agency. Cleveland Police and the Scottish force have been involved in a two-year probe into Crystal Meth production. The investigation focused on the alleged supply of chemicals involved in production of the synthetic drug - also known as methamphetamine - to individuals in the US, Europe and Australia.
As well as the arrests, police also swooped on business addresses in Bo'ness, near Falkirk.
A major police operation in June, involving up to 250 officers, saw a raid on the couple's alleged distribution centre in Grangemouth. Police said Mr Howes and Ms Shanks had lived for some time in Cleveland. The couple's appearance in court on Wednesday is expected to be held in private.
31st January 2007
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Couple in court over drug supply (methamphetamine precursors)