Nov 30 2012 By Ian Proctor
A SUSPECTED international money launder was arrested in Harrow this morning.
The 38-year-old was arrested on suspicion of money laundering at a home in Harrow after a dawn raid by Border Force officers in conjunction with the East Midlands Special Operation Unit and officers from HM Revenue and Customs.
Similar raids happened elsewhere in which a 63-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of money laundering at a residential address in Weybridge, Surrey, a 45-year-old man arrested on suspicion of money laundering at a residential address in Teddington, south-west London, and a 33-year-old-woman arrested on suspicion of money laundering at a business address in Hampton Hill, south-west London.
No arrests were made at two further raids, on a home in Epsom, Surrey, and at an office in London Docklands in east London.
The action stems from the seizure in September 2011 of around £300,000 in cash from a passenger at St Pancras International Station by the Border Force.
It is suspected that a company involved may have been used to launder significant amounts of criminal cash and transport it illegally across international borders.
Border Force senior investigating officer Peter Avery said: “This has been a complex financial investigation into allegations that millions of pounds of criminal money have been laundered.
"It has involved close co-operation between Border Force, various police forces and HMRC.
“In addition to making these arrests we have seized documents, mobile phones and computers, and they will now be analysed as part of our investigation.”
* Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling should call our hotline on 0800 59 5000.