9 People Arrested In Dorset Over Money Laundering
5:04pm 6th February 2014
Nine people have been arrested in Dorset in a series of money laundering raids.
Warrants were served at premises in Swanage and Bournemouth yesterday morning.
There were also raids in Manchester and Barnstaple.
The operation involving Dorset Police was led by officers from the regional organised crime unit Zephyr.
A total of 11 people have been arrested, nine in Dorset and two in Manchester, on suspicion of money laundering and conspiracy to supply class B drug offences.
Three men aged 27, 33, and 35 from Swanage
Four women aged 31, 41, 43 and 55 from Swanage
A 57-year-old man from Wareham
Two men aged 41 and 67 and a 64-year-old woman from Manchester.
Officers seized a quantity of cash, a prohibited firearm and a quantity of class B drugs.
During the operation officers also uncovered a cannabis factory.
Officers are continuing their enquiries.
Purbeck Neighbourhood Inspector Fiona Gaffney said: "This was a well-planned and executed operation which has resulted in 11 arrests.
"Zephyr enquiries reveal this is believed to be linked to multiple drug seizures across the country over the last two years.
"This is Dorset Police's ongoing commitment to tackle alleged serious and organised crime in partnership with other agencies.
"We would like to reassure the public that we will listen to any information they give to us and take it seriously."