Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Three held over £50m cocaine haul

Some of the cocaine with a street value of around 50 million pounds which was seized in Kent by officers from the Met's Central Task Force

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of drug offences after cocaine with a street value of around £50 million was seized by police, Scotland Yard said.

The suspects, aged 40, 44, and 45, were detained in Rochester, Kent, on Monday following a swoop by officers from the Metropolitan Police's Central Task Force.

The unit, which has been carrying out an investigation into organised crime networks involved in the supply of class A drugs, then searched an address and discovered 150kg of the illegal drug.

All three suspects were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs, and are in custody at a south London police station.

Detective Inspector Colin Stephenson of the Central Task Force said: "My team continues to form alliances with other agencies to tackle the supply and availability of drugs in London and the Home Counties.

"This arrest and seizure has disrupted a significant supply of cocaine into London and will reinforce the message that the Met will continue to combat the criminal networks engaged in drug trafficking, and prevent a large amount of cocaine flooding the streets this Christmas."

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