In the midst of the national crackdown, a number of criminals are still making attempts to smuggle drugs into the country.
It comes after the police discovered £1 million criminal cash stashed inside a house in London. The Border Force officers found more than 170kg of heroin at Heathrow Airport.
Packets of the Class A drug worth above £8.5 million were found concealed in a freight consignment which contained about 600 or more commercial boxes of fruit and nuts.
The discovery was made on Thursday by the Border Force officers, who revealed envelopes of heroin stashed in the walls of cardboard boxes. Officers apprehended two men in Bradford on Birmingham and the National Crime Agency (NCA) will proceed with the investigation.
According to Minister Chris Philip, it was the largest class A drugs detected since the beginning of the year. He said: “Illegal drugs fuel crime, violence and exploitation which is why our work to prevent them reaching our communities is so vital.”
The national crackdown has enabled the police to constantly take proactive measures on serious crimes and apprehend more criminals for their offences.
Martin Hewitt, chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said: “As we’re able to focus more attention and resource on our intelligence sources, we with colleagues from the NCA have been successful in executing warrants around the country, clamping down on gangs, serious and organised criminality, the drugs trade and prioritising violence reduction.”
In the previous week, the NCA`s director general mentioned that the coronavirus restrictions have “made criminal groups take additional risks” while moving cash and drugs.
Lynne Owens stated: “It has become harder for criminals to conceal the proceeds of their crimes. This appears to have resulted in criminals moving larger quantities in one go rather than smaller, and more frequent amounts.”