A man from North Kensington has been arrested in connection with an alleged plot to smuggle millions of pounds worth of cocaine and heroin into the UK by helicopter.
The 38-year-old was one of three arrested in a joint operation involving the National Crime Agency (NCA) and Metropolitan Police .
It saw officers seize around 40 kilos of cocaine and 60 kilos of heroin from a car on the M26 in Kent on Thursday (April 21).
The North Kensington suspect was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to import Class A drugs.
Two Dutch nationals, aged 26 and 27, were arrested at Redhill Aerodrome in Surrey, after flying into the country from Belgium earlier in the day. They were arrested on suspicion of importation of class A drugs.
All three are now being questioned by investigators, while items seized during the operation are being examined. The helicopter has also been impounded.
Gary Fennelly, head of NCA’s Gatwick border investigation team, said: “This international operation has successfully prevented a large quantity of Class A drugs making it onto the streets of the UK.
"If cut and sold it is likely this haul would have had a potential street value in excess of £10 million.
“Working with partners like the MPS we are determined to do all we can to disrupt the organised crime networks involved in drug trafficking.”
Earlier this year a man was jailed after attempting to smuggle in cocaine through Heathrow Airport .