Six arrests and more than £50k seized as part of Gloucester money laundering investigation

News / June 11

The arrests follow warrants at two premises in the city

Six people have been arrested and more than £50k cash has been seized as part of a Gloucester-based money laundering investigation led by the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (SW ROCU).

The arrests follow warrants carried out under the Proceeds of Crime Act on Sandhurst Lane and near Kingsholm Road in Gloucester.   A 57-year-old woman and 58-year-old man were arrested from the Sandhurst Lane property, where around £40k cash was seized, including a backpack containing bundles of notes totalling £20k.

At the second location, a 46-year-old man was arrested and more than £10k seized.  All three suspects have been arrested on suspicion of money laundering.

A further three people were arrested by Immigration Enforcement.

Detective Inspector Peter Highway from the SW ROCU said: “Supported by Gloucestershire Police, Immigration Enforcement and Gloucester Council, we’ve made a total of six arrests and seized a large amount of cash as part of a significant money laundering investigation.

“The searches are still ongoing, with officers working to gather as much evidence as possible from the two properties.”

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Smith from Gloucestershire Police said: “Today our Serious and Organised Crime Team jointly worked with our colleagues in the South West ROCU to disrupt a suspected complex organised crime group working across Gloucestershire. 

“The work today shows how seriously we take organised crime, and that we will continue to work with partners to bring a stop to it.”