Ten arrested in London after '£ 15m smuggled from UK to Dubai hidden in suitcases' – Sky News, Google News


Ten people suspected of smuggling more than £ 15 m of dirty money from the UK to Dubai in suitcases have been arrested in a series of raids.

The alleged members of an organized crime group are accused of being part of a “well-orchestrated conspiracy” to launder millions made through drugs and people smuggling over three years, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

They are also suspected of trying to smuggle 17 migrants into Britain over the summer, the NCA added.


Officers raided addresses in Hounslow, Hayes, Uxbridge and Southall


Image:        Officers raided addresses in Hounslow, Hayes, Uxbridge and Southall      

Officers recovered cash, illegal drugs and luxury cars, including Range Rovers, Audi Q7s and a BMW 5 series, during dawn raids at addresses across west London on Wednesday.

A 41 – year-old man suspected of being the ringleader was arrested, while five Indians, one French national and four Britons – all aged between 28 and 44 – were also held.

They were detained on suspicion of money laundering and facilitating illegal immigration, the NCA said.

The raids took place in Hayes, Hounslow, Uxbridge and Southall.  


A BMW 5 series and a Range Rover Vogue after they were both recovered by officers


Image:        A BMW 5 series and a Range Rover Vogue were seized      



A BMW 5 series is lowered next to a Range Rover Vogue after they were both recovered by officers


Image:        Officers are investigating an alleged conspiracy to launder millions      

The operation follows an investigation into cash seizures of more than £ 1.5m made by Border Force officials during 2019.

Chris Hill, NCA senior investigating officer, said: “Cash is the lifeblood of organized crime groups and they need the services of money launderers.


Cash recovered during early morning raids from seven home addresses


Image:        The National Crime Agency released images of some of the cash recovered      

“We believe that the action we and our partners have taken will have caused permanent damage to a well-established money laundering network.

” We are determined to do all we can to target illicit financial flows and hit organized criminal networks where it hurts – in the pocket. “


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