6 Drug Arrests After M1 Stop & Search

Six people including a woman from Bedfordshire have been arrested on suspicion of drug offences after the search of a car on the M1 motorway sparked raids that seized 90kg of heroin and cannabis.

Detectives stopped the vehicle near junction 11 of the M1 in Bedfordshire yesterday afternoon and discovered 1kg of suspected heroin, 2kg of cannabis and £20,000 cash in a carrier bag in the boot.

The 29-year-old woman driver was arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking and officers subsequently raided an address in Dunstable, seizing 26kg of suspected heroin and 60kg of cannabis.

Another car was stopped more than an hour later in Kennington Oval, south London, and the driver and passenger, both men aged 30 and 32, were detained on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Around £40,000 in cash was discovered in three shoe boxes at a second home in Dunstable, linked to the driver, while a raid at a commercial property in Newham, east London, yielded half a kilogram of suspected heroin and £15,000 in cash.

Three men, aged 36, 37 and 25, were arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking offences linked to the final raid.

All six suspects were taken to London police stations, the Metropolitan Police said.

Detective Inspector Steve Meechan of the Met's Trident and Area Crime Command said: ``With the assistance of Bedfordshire Police and units from across the Met, we have successfully removed a large consignment of drugs from our streets and dismantled an organised criminal gang responsible for their distribution.''

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