Drug arrests at Heathrow

Ten men have been arrested by HM Revenue & Customs officers who are investigating a warehouse at Heathrow Airport. The freight storage site is believed to have been used for cigarette and drug smuggling.

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Heathrow - 10 men arrested in smuggling investigation

Ten men have been arrested by HM & Revenue Customs officers investigating a freight warehouse at Heathrow. The site is believed to have been be used for cigarette and drug smuggling. The HMRC said the arrests sent a clear message to would-be smugglers.

The ten arrested men have been released without charge until September pending further inquiries.

“Operation Bypass is an HMRC-led investigation targeting those suspected to be involved in attempts to smuggle cigarettes and illegal drugs into the UK. At various stages of the investigation, we have worked closely with colleagues from Border Force. Further details cannot be provided at this stage of the investigation as enquiries continue.

“However, our operation today sends out a clear message to those involved in this type of criminality; attempts to smuggle goods illegally into the UK will not be tolerated, and together with partner enforcement agencies we will relentlessly pursue any individuals or crime gangs believed to be involved in this type of criminal activity.”

– John Cooper, HMRC’s Assistant Director for Criminal Investigation

Ten arrested in Heathrow drug smuggling investigation

Customs officers investigating a freight warehouse at Heathrow believed to have been used for cigarette and drug smuggling, have arrested ten men - from Southall, Frimley, Stanmore, West Drayton, High Wycombe, Luton, Forest Gate and Manchester.

The ten men have been released on bail without charge until September, pending further inquiries. Around 90 investigators from HMRC, working with officers from Border Force, searched the warehouse in Heathrow.

The officers also searched eight residential and three business properties in Frimley in Surrey; Southall, Stanmore and West Drayton in Middlesex; High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire and Luton in Bedfordshire. During the investigation the following items were seized:

  • Six kilos of crystal amphetamine with an estimated street value of £180,000
  • Approximately £54,000 in cash
  • One LDV high top van
  • Two HGV lorries
  • A quantity of Kamagra jelly
  • Computers, mobile phones and business records.

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