A STANMORE man was among nine people arrested as part of an investigation into whether a Heathrow Airport freight warehouse was used for cigarette and drugs smuggling.The 56-year-old was taken into custody following simultaneously raids of the warehouse at the airport in west London and eight residential addresses and three business properties in Frimley in Surrey, Southall and West Drayton in west London, Stanmore, High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire and Luton in Bedforshire.The arrests come as a result of a long-running Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation codenamed Operation Bypass.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. 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.”Three men from Southall aged 25, 43 and 46, a 51-year-old man from Frimley, a 49-year-old man from West Drayton, a 48-year-old from High Wycombe, a 40-year-old man from Luton and a 40-year-old whose details are yet to be confirmed were the other eight suspects arrested.
Stanmore man, 56, arrested as part of drug and cigarette smuggling investigation
A STANMORE man was among nine people arrested as part of an investigation into whether a Heathrow Airport freight warehouse was used for cigarette and drugs smuggling.