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Cops seize £1m in drugs bust as 33 premises are raided

PUBLISHED: 19:31 20 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:48 05 October 2010

SCOTLAND Yard detectives say they’ve smashed a major drugs ring in dawn raids on 33 premises today (Thursday) when they seized £1 million cash and 50 kilos of cannabis. The Met’s elite Special Intelligence Section hit addresses across London, Surrey, Kent, Buckinghamshire and the West Country, leading to 14 arrests

Mike Brooke

SCOTLAND Yard detectives say they’ve smashed a major drugs ring in dawn raids on 33 premises today (Thursday) when they seized £1 million cash and 50 kilos of cannabis.

The Met’s elite Special Intelligence Section hit addresses in East London, south-west London, Surrey, Kent, Buckinghamshire and one in the West Country.

Officers arrested 14 people in connection with the operation which also uncovered two hidden safes and sophisticated money-counting machines.

The 13 men aged 34 to 48 and a 33-year-old woman are being detained at a London police station while investigations continue.

Policed said tonight they had stopped the activity of “a highly organised criminal network” which has been importing, storing and distributing large quantities of cannabis.

Det Ins Steve Wilkinson, from the Special Intelligence squad, said: “Criminals have been living a lifestyle from the proceeds of crime who are now out of business.

“We believe they have been operating for a number of years as a highly organised network, probably generating millions a year.”

The network ran a sophisticated “multi-million pound industry” with a fleet of delivery vans distributing cannabis across London and the Home Counties, according to police sources.

Addresses raided this morning were in Whitechapel, Shoreditch, Bermondsey, Ilford, Fulham, Wimbledon, Surbiton, Kingston, Worcester Park, Epsom, Sutton, Chipstead, Tadworth, East Molesey, Ashtead, Ewell, Bromley, Chatham, High Wycombe and Bristol.

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