Police have seized a large amount of drugs and cash during a pro-active operation across the south-east.
Detectives from the Trident and Area Crime Command have arrested six people on suspicion of drugs offences and recovered almost 90 kilograms of drugs during raids in Bedfordshire and east London. A large quantity of cash has also been seized.
At 13:15hrs on Thursday, 16 July, detectives stopped a car close to junction 11 of the M1 in Bedfordshire and found a white carrier bag in the boot. The bag was found to contain one kilogram of what is believed to be heroin, two kilograms of cannabis and approximately £20,000 in cash.
The 29-year-old female driver was arrested on suspicion of drugs trafficking offences.
As a result of this stop, officers attended an address in Dunstable where they discovered a further 26 kilograms of what is believed to be heroin and 60 kilograms of cannabis.
At approximately 14:45hrs – as part of the same operation – detectives stopped a car in Kennington Oval, SE11. The 30-year-old driver and his 32-year-old male passenger were subsequently arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
A search of a residential address in Dunstable linked to the driver led to the discovery of three shoe boxes that contained approximately £40,000 in cash.
Officers executed an authorised search at commercial premises in Newham where they found half a kilogram of what is believed to be heroin and £15,000 in cash.
Following this raid, officers arrested three men, aged 36, 37 and 25 years, on suspicion of drug trafficking offences.
Detective Inspector Steve Meechan, of the Met’s Trident and Area Crime Command, said: “With the assistance of Bedfordshire Police and units from across the Met, we have successfully removed a large consignment of drugs from our streets and dismantled an organised criminal gang responsible for their distribution.”
All six of those who were arrested have been taken to police stations within London.