Drugs in bags

An international operation involving the National Crime Agency (NCA) has led to the seizure of just under 1000 kilos of MDMA and meth and the arrest of four British men in one of Australia’s biggest ever drug seizures.

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The NCA has been granted freezing orders on eight bank accounts containing a total of more than £100 million, which is suspected to have derived from bribery and corruption in an overseas nation.

44 people have been arrested and 35 potential victims have been identified in the UK as part of a Europe-wide operation targeting modern slavery and human trafficking.

An international law enforcement investigation has resulted in one of the largest ever seizures of heroin in the UK.

Three new Non-Executive Directors have been appointed to the NCA Board: Mary Calam, David Horncastle and Andrew Tivey.

A Northern Irish woman with suspected links to serious organised crime has been ordered to explain how she financed the purchase of six properties worth around £3.2 million in total.

A 25-year old man from Bradford has been arrested on suspicion of committing Computer Misuse Act (CMA) and fraud offences, following the recent cyber incident affecting Lancaster University.

A drug trafficker has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years after investigators found 6kg heroin concealed in a suitcase packed with fabric and children’s clothing.

The Annual Report & Accounts detail the work of the agency to fight serious and organised crime in 2018/19.

Gold worth around £4 million has been seized by the National Crime Agency as part of an international investigation into a suspected South American drugs cartel.

A businessman with suspected links to serious organised criminals has been ordered to reveal the source of funds used to start and develop his £10 million property empire.

A high-rolling Cheshire businesswoman caught with £1.5 million of cocaine concealed within a sophisticated hide in the boot of her car has been jailed for ten years.

A Irish national living near Tamworth has been found guilty of possessing a disguised firearm.

Four members of an organised crime group have been convicted of smuggling £1.2 million worth of heroin from Pakistan into the UK via the post.

A man has admitted 49 charges including sexually abusing a seven-year-old girl and possessing nearly 250,000 indecent images of children.

The NAO report on tackling serious and organised crime (SOC) provides valuable analysis of the threat facing the UK, and underscores the need for a response that is both properly structured and adequately resourced.