Nine arrested in multi million pound cigarette and drug smuggling investigation

From: This is Surrey Today

A MAN from Surrey was among nine men arrested by officers investigating millions of pounds worth of drug and cigarette smuggling at a Heathrow freight warehouse.

The arrests were made on Friday (May 25) after around 90 HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) officers searched the Heathrow warehouse, homes and businesses as part of Operation Bypass.

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 were searched as part of the enquiry.

A 51-year-old man from Frimley, Surrey was among the men arrested.

John Cooper, HMRC’s Assistant Director for Criminal Investigation said: “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.”

Police said more details could not be provided while investigations were continuing.


One Response to Nine arrested in multi million pound cigarette and drug smuggling investigation

  1. Anonymous says:

    John cooper,HMRC Assistant Director For Criminal InvestigationComment- Led Operation Bypass, Do not go of those 10 men intailly aressted then letoff by H MRC,they are hard core criminals WHO ARE TILL TODAY ACTIVE.They are an international operating.Hope your department have followed up few days earlier a british women was arrested at Bali with 4.7 Cocaine in her possestion . Few days ago DRI intercepeted 325 kg KETAMINE BEING SEND TO UK.your dept can confirm this.The main Platyers being Feroz & waseen Abubaker Batliwala From Southall

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