London: Met raids garage which ‘fits cars with secret drugs hides’

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A garage in Bexley was targeted by Metropolitan Police officers after a long investigation (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

A garage suspected of installing compartments in cars designed to stash drugs has been raided.

Scotland Yard said it had been monitoring the business and suspects linked to it for some time.

Police have previously seized 30 vehicles thought to have been altered there and the investigation has turned up 15kg of class A and 17kg of class B drugs, as well as £ 350,000 in cash.

Met Officers targeted the site in Bexley, south London, along with five addresses thought to be linked to organized crime.

During the operation, detectives seized three cars which appear to have been fitted with sophisticated hiding places which are known to be used by gangs.

A 48-year-old man from Bexleyheath, a 40-year-old man from Sidcup, a 31-year-old man from Welling and a 35-year-old man from Gravesend were all arrested.

They are being held on suspicion of participation in the criminal activities of an organized crime group under section 45 of the Serious Crime Act 2015.

All four remain in police custody while the investigation continues.

Garage in Bexley raided by police investigating installation of car? Hide?  compartments for concealing drugs and cash ____ Met officers have raided a garage and five addresses in Bexley for suspected involvement in fitting? hide?  compartments in vehicles for the use of organized criminals.  Specialist Crime detectives also seized three cars and arrested four men early this morning (Tuesday, 10 May) for their suspected involvement in installing the sophisticated hides made to conceal and transport illegal items such as drugs and cash.  The raids are the latest stage of a long-term investigation that has been ongoing for some time while detectives built up evidence of the operations of the garage and the activity of those suspected to be involved in it.  So far officers have recovered more than 30 vehicles believed to have been fitted with hides by the garage and believe there are significantly more.  To date, more than 15kgs of class A drugs, 17kgs of class B drugs and? 350k in cash have been seized throughout the investigation.  Detective Inspector Lydia Stephens said:? We have been investigating the garage and the individuals believed to be concerned in installing the hides for some time.  The compartments can only be installed for one purpose: concealing illegal items in order to facilitate serious organized crime.  So far it has led us to identify a number of organized crime groups in London and nationwide.  ? This investigation is a prime example of the excellent work of our specialist detectives working tirelessly to apprehend criminals who believed they can operate beyond the arm of the law, facilitating the workings of organised crime groups and profiting from doing so.  This activity cannot continue and the Met is working harder than ever to bear down on serious organized crime and keep communities safe.?  A 48-year-old man from Bexleyheath, a 40-year-old man from Sidcup, a 31-year-old man from Welling and a 35-year-old man from Gravesend were all arrested on suspicion of participation in the criminal activities of an organized crime group under section 45 of the Serious Crime Act 2015. They all remain in police custody while the investigation continues.

Ways of transporting drugs which can’t be found during police searches are highly sought after (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

Garage in Bexley raided by police investigating installation of car? Hide?  compartments for concealing drugs and cash ____ Met officers have raided a garage and five addresses in Bexley for suspected involvement in fitting? hide?  compartments in vehicles for the use of organized criminals.  Specialist Crime detectives also seized three cars and arrested four men early this morning (Tuesday, 10 May) for their suspected involvement in installing the sophisticated hides made to conceal and transport illegal items such as drugs and cash.  The raids are the latest stage of a long-term investigation that has been ongoing for some time while detectives built up evidence of the operations of the garage and the activity of those suspected to be involved in it.  So far officers have recovered more than 30 vehicles believed to have been fitted with hides by the garage and believe there are significantly more.  To date, more than 15kgs of class A drugs, 17kgs of class B drugs and? 350k in cash have been seized throughout the investigation.  Detective Inspector Lydia Stephens said:? We have been investigating the garage and the individuals believed to be concerned in installing the hides for some time.  The compartments can only be installed for one purpose: concealing illegal items in order to facilitate serious organized crime.  So far it has led us to identify a number of organized crime groups in London and nationwide.  ? This investigation is a prime example of the excellent work of our specialist detectives working tirelessly to apprehend criminals who believed they can operate beyond the arm of the law, facilitating the workings of organised crime groups and profiting from doing so.  This activity cannot continue and the Met is working harder than ever to bear down on serious organized crime and keep communities safe.?  A 48-year-old man from Bexleyheath, a 40-year-old man from Sidcup, a 31-year-old man from Welling and a 35-year-old man from Gravesend were all arrested on suspicion of participation in the criminal activities of an organized crime group under section 45 of the Serious Crime Act 2015. They all remain in police custody while the investigation continues.

Gangs are known to use specially modified cars to transport cash and narcotics (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

Garage in Bexley raided by police investigating installation of car? Hide?  compartments for concealing drugs and cash ____ Met officers have raided a garage and five addresses in Bexley for suspected involvement in fitting? hide?  compartments in vehicles for the use of organized criminals.  Specialist Crime detectives also seized three cars and arrested four men early this morning (Tuesday, 10 May) for their suspected involvement in installing the sophisticated hides made to conceal and transport illegal items such as drugs and cash.  The raids are the latest stage of a long-term investigation that has been ongoing for some time while detectives built up evidence of the operations of the garage and the activity of those suspected to be involved in it.  So far officers have recovered more than 30 vehicles believed to have been fitted with hides by the garage and believe there are significantly more.  To date, more than 15kgs of class A drugs, 17kgs of class B drugs and? 350k in cash have been seized throughout the investigation.  Detective Inspector Lydia Stephens said:? We have been investigating the garage and the individuals believed to be concerned in installing the hides for some time.  The compartments can only be installed for one purpose: concealing illegal items in order to facilitate serious organized crime.  So far it has led us to identify a number of organized crime groups in London and nationwide.  ? This investigation is a prime example of the excellent work of our specialist detectives working tirelessly to apprehend criminals who believed they can operate beyond the arm of the law, facilitating the workings of organised crime groups and profiting from doing so.  This activity cannot continue and the Met is working harder than ever to bear down on serious organized crime and keep communities safe.?  A 48-year-old man from Bexleyheath, a 40-year-old man from Sidcup, a 31-year-old man from Welling and a 35-year-old man from Gravesend were all arrested on suspicion of participation in the criminal activities of an organized crime group under section 45 of the Serious Crime Act 2015. They all remain in police custody while the investigation continues.

The Met claimed dozens of modified vehicles have been linked to the garage (Picture: Metropolitan Police)

Detective inspector Lydia Stephens said: ‘We have been investigating the garage and the individuals believed to be concerned in installing the hides for some time.

‘The compartments can only be installed for one purpose: concealing illegal items in order to facilitate serious organized crime.

‘So far it has led us to identify a number of organized crime groups in London and nationwide.

‘This investigation is a prime example of the excellent work of our specialist detectives working tirelessly to apprehend criminals who believed they can operate beyond the arm of the law, facilitating the workings of organised crime groups and profiting from doing so.

‘This activity cannot continue and the Met is working harder than ever to bear down on serious organized crime and keep communities safe.’

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