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UK police arrest ten in UAE money laundering conspiracy

Organised crime group believed to have launder millions of pounds made through Class A drugs and organised immigration crime, transferring it from the UK to Dubai over the last three years

UK police arrest ten in UAE money laundering conspiracy

Examinations of travel history suggest this crime group have transported more than £14m ($18.1m) in 2017 and 2018 alone.


Ten suspected members of an organised crime group have been arrested on suspicion of flying an estimated £15.5 million ($20m) out of the UK to Dubai hidden in suitcases.

The group – who National Crime Agency officers believe also tried to smuggle 17 migrants into the country this summer – were arrested in a series of raids around London yesterday morning.

The suspects are alleged to have been part of a well-orchestrated conspiracy to launder millions of pounds of money made through Class A drugs and organised immigration crime, transferring it from the UK to Dubai over the last three years.

Examinations of travel history suggest this crime group have transported more than £14m ($18.1m) in 2017 and 2018 alone.

A 41-year-old man alleged to be head of the network was arrested at his home in Hayes.

He and the other suspects were arrested on suspicion of money laundering and facilitating illegal immigration.

NCA officers recovered a quantity of cash, illegal drugs and luxury cars, including Range Rovers, Audi Q7s and BMW 5 series, during raids in Hounslow, Hayes, Uxbridge and Southall. 

The raids follow an NCA investigation, supported by the Met Police, into cash seizures totalling more than £1.5m ($1.9m) made by Border Force officers over the course of 2019.

In all cases the cash was being transported between UK airports and ports and the United Arab Emirates.

Ben Russell, Deputy Director of the National Economic Crime Centre, said: “The National Economic Crime Centre (NECC) was able to assist the case team in arranging forensic analysis of seized bank notes. We were also able to use our relationships with our international partners in the UAE to obtain evidence in relation to this case.”

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