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TEAMWORK: £200,000 cash seized and 19 arrests made during M25 traffic operation 

 Published on: 11th July 2020   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A total of nineteen people were arrested and £200,000 in cash was seized during a police cross-border traffic operation across the M25 corridor.

Herts Police officers worked in partnership with colleagues from the Metropolitan Police Service, Thames Valley Police, Surrey Police and British Transport Police, using ANPR technology to stop almost 250 vehicles over a three-day period. 

Between June 23 and June 25, officers patrolled the M25 corridor between Junction 17 and Junction 25, as well as other main arterial routes, using ANPR technology to identify people and vehicles of interest. 

Nineteen arrests were made for offences including burglary, possession with intent to supply class A drugs, conspiracy to steal motor vehicles and other various motoring offences. 

In addition, 15 further people were dealt with by other disposal methods, resulting in 15 vehicles seized for offences such as no insurance.

One arrest was in Croxley Green on June 23, after officers stopped a black Range Rover on Rickmansworth Road. The male driver was searched before a holdall containing £174,000 in bank notes was discovered in the vehicle. 

The cash was seized and a 37-year-old man from Watford was arrested on suspicion of money laundering. He has since been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Further searches were carried out at two separate addresses in Watford, in connection with the arrest, where officers seized an additional £5,000 in cash. Jewellery and designer handbags were also discovered at one of the properties and these were recorded as evidence. 

Later on, officers stopped a silver Range Rover at Junction 17 of the M25 after it activated their ANPR technology.

Both the vehicle and its two occupants were searched before £16,000 in cash was recovered from the boot, as well as phones and vehicle keys.

These were seized as part of the investigation. A 40 year old man from Romford and a 29 year old man from Wandsworth were arrested on suspicion of money laundering.

They have been released under investigation while enquiries continue. 

Another arrest was made in Hunton Bridge after officers spotted a man acting suspiciously outside a property.

He was detained and searched, as well as a nearby black Audi A3, where officers found tools and gloves they suspected could have been used to burgle.

A 24-year-old man from Hemel Hempstead was arrested on suspicion of going equipped.

He has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Detective Inspector Stewart Moulding, who was Bronze Commander for the operation, said: “I am really pleased with the results of this operation and I’d like to commend the professionalism of everyone involved. However we shall not be resting on our laurels – we are constantly working to identify and apprehend anyone who chooses to commit crime in our county, and we shall continue to conduct proactive operations in the future.”

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