Aviation detectives have seized a haul of Class C drugs worth millions of pounds.
Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Service Police Aviation Policing Command have seized more than a million suspected class C drugs and around half a million cigarettes following a pro-active, intelligence-led investigation into smuggling at airports.
Each individual tablet is believed to have a street value of £5 each.
At approximately 14.00hrs yesterday, Thursday, 23 February, officers executed a search warrant at a residential address on Coldharbour Lane, Hayes and arrested a 42-year-old man from the area on suspicion of importation of class C drugs, possession of class A drugs and money laundering.
They seized approximately £18,000 in cash under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act, from the address and a vehicle. They also recovered what is believed to a quantity of class A drugs from the address.
They subsequently executed a search warrant at a commercial address in Heston, Hounslow at around 14.30hrs, from which they seized approximately 1,020,000 tablets believed to be diazepam, 45 boxes containing approximately 576,000 cigarettes, and smaller quantities of other unidentified drugs in tablet form.
The man was taken into custody at a west London police station and later bailed to return to the station on a date in late May.
Enquiries are ongoing.
Superintendent Andy Jones of the Aviation Policing Command said: "This is an excellent piece of intelligence-led work in which officers have taken prescription-only Class C drugs out of circulation. The Met targets all forms of criminality at London's airports, helping to deliver safe and secure airports at every level. We continue to work closely with all our partners in this regard."