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Seven people, including convicted fraudsters, drug traffickers and money launderers were arrested in the Met's dawn raids this morning.
Officers targeted properties in Islington, Bromley, Southwark, Uxbridge, Hertfordshire and Essex, after warrants were issued by the courts for the non-payment of confiscation orders totaling over £2.6m.
Detective Superintendent Nick Downing, from the Met's Specialist and Economic Crime Unit said:
Convicted criminals, who have failed to pay back cash made from illegal activity, received an early wake up call from police this morning.
Metropolitan Police officers swooped on addresses across London, to enforce confiscation orders worth £2.6m.
Last year judges made a total of 6,269 confiscation orders, targeting the assets acquired by criminals through their illegal dealings. But, despite repeated court demands, millions of pounds have not been paid up.