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Five men charged with smuggling hundreds of kilos of cannabis into UK

Five people have been arrested and charged by Met officers after a large quantity of cannabis was seized at Stansted Airport.

Five individuals have been apprehended and indicted by Metropolitan Police officers following a significant confiscation of cannabis at Stansted Airport.

The Met’s inquiry was spearheaded by officers from a newly formed proactive policing unit stationed in Hayes. This team is dedicated to combating the gravest offenses and organized crime in West London.

Border Force officers intercepted two shipments of cannabis, totalling 390kg and valued at £3.9 million, at Stansted Airport on 26 and 27 January. Additionally, a prior delivery of 300kg of a substance suspected to be cannabis was traced to an address in Hayes on 11 January and was linked to the ongoing investigation.

Swiftly responding to these seizures, Metropolitan Police executed warrants on 1 February at industrial facilities in Hayes and Northolt. Three men and one juvenile were apprehended in Hayes, while another man was arrested in a van intercepted by police in Northolt.

Four men hailing from west London, aged between 28 and 58, were charged with importing cannabis under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. They made an appearance at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on Saturday, 3 February, where they were remanded in custody pending an appearance at Harrow Crown Court scheduled for Friday, 1 March.

A fifth individual, a 17-year-old male, also appeared at Willesden Magistrates’ Court facing charges of importing cannabis. He was granted bail.

The scourge of drugs devastates lives, underscoring the Met’s unwavering commitment to revolutionising community safety measures.

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