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Man arrested in Brentwood for suspected money laundering and conspiracy to import drugs

PUBLISHED: 11:45 14 November 2013 | UPDATED: 14:57 14 November 2013

The man was arrested at a Brentwood address this morning

The man was arrested at a Brentwood address this morning

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A 30-year-old man was arrested at a Brentwood address this morning on suspicion of conspiracy to import cocaine and amphetamine and money laundering.

He was detained at a house in Rollason Way as part of a cross-channel investigation into drug trafficking and money laundering.

A search warrant was obtained by detectives and financial investigators from the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) and officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA), Essex Police and the French Judicial Police.

The teams also arrested a 26-year-old man in South Ockendon.

Det Insp Simon Harsley, of SEROCU, said: “The arrests today follow the arrests of three British men over the last 18 months, as a result of joint operation between French and British agencies, for allegedly attempting to import cocaine and amphetamine into the country from northern France in a microlite aircraft.

“All three are currently in custody awaiting trial in France.”

Dave White, from the NCA’s Border Policing Command, said: “This investigation has already led to the seizure of around 70kg of Class A drugs which were destined for the UK.

“Working closely with law enforcement colleagues here and in France, the NCA is determined to tackle those responsible for trafficking illegal drugs into the UK.”

The men arrested today are being questioned by detectives.

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