Hayes smuggler caught with a huge illegal stash of drugs and cigarettes is jailed
Hundreds of thousands of cigarettes and drugs were smuggled into the UK and hidden in commercial units in Hounslow
A man from Hayes who smuggled hundreds of thousands of cigarettes and drugs into the UK and hid them at three commercial units in Hounslow has been jailed for four years.
On February 23 last year, officers from the Metropolitan Police raided three commercial units in Cranford Lane, in Hounslow, where they found a huge amount of smuggled goods.
In the units, officers found approximately 988,500 tramadol and diazepam tablets, along with 588,200 cigarettes and smaller amounts of other drugs, all of which were seized.
The officers found the units were registered to Rajveer Wadhwa, 43, of Coldharbour Lane, Hayes , who was arrested at his address on suspicion of importation of Class C drugs through an airport.
He was also arrested on suspicion of money laundering and possession of a Class A drug.
Around £17,000 in cash was seized from Wadhwa's home and car under the Proceeds of Crime Act and officers also recovered a number of Class B drugs from his home.
Officers believe the items were brought into the country on a ferry via the Port of Felixstowe.
Investigating officer PC Tom Blair, from the Aviation Policing Command, said: "This fantastic result is thanks to a pro-active, intelligence-led investigation into smuggling at airports.
"We have taken a vast quantity of prescription-only drugs off London's streets.
"These are drugs which, if not issued under strict medical guidance, can be addictive and dangerous. Today's result shows our determination to prevent the harm caused by such drugs and to bring to justice those who break the law."
On December 15 last year, Wadhwa was charged with possession of goods with intent to evade duty, possession of a controlled drug and possession with intent to supply a controlled drug.
He was also charged with possession with intent to supply a controlled drug and concealing/disguising/converting/transferring/removing criminal property.