Men Arrested Over Organised Crime In Southampton

12 March 2015, 10:12 | Updated: 12 March 2015, 10:14

Two men have been arrested as part of an investigation into organised crime gangs in Southampton.

Yesterday (Wednesday 11 March) the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) arrested a 32-year-old man and a 28-year-old man, both from London, on suspicion of money laundering and possession with intent to supply class A and B drugs. The 28-year-old man was also arrested on immigration offences.

Items seized included a quantity of class A and B drugs and cash. The arrests come following an investigation into money laundering in Southampton.

Detective Constable Lee Pocock, from the Regional Asset Recovery Team in SEROCU, said:

“These arrests are a result of a detailed investigation into organised crime groups in Southampton.

“We know these crime groups operate without geographical borders and boundaries and therefore it is important we continue to target them no matter where they are located.

“Often criminals use money laundering to legitimise their ill gotten gains, but it is our determination to stop any criminal from benefiting from crime.

“We have worked closely with our colleagues in Hampshire Constabulary and Metropolitan Police Service during the investigation and will continue to do so in order to tackle serious organised crime across the south east region.”

The 32-year-old man was bailed until 10 June. The 28-year-old was handed over to Immigration Enforcement.