Five people charged with smuggling large cannabis haul into UK

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Five individuals are facing charges after a significant amount of cannabis was seized at Stansted Airport.

The Metropolitan Police’s proactive policing team based in Hayes spearheaded the investigation aimed at combating serious crimes and organized crime in west London.

Border Force officers intercepted two shipments of cannabis, totalling 390kg and valued at £3.9 million, on January 26 and 27 this year. Another 300kg shipment, suspected to be cannabis, was discovered at an address in Hayes on January 11, linked to the ongoing probe.

Police officers conducted raids on February 1 at industrial units in Hayes and Northolt. Three men and one juvenile were apprehended in Hayes, while another man was arrested in Northolt after being stopped in a van by police.

Four men, aged between 28 and 58 from west London, were charged with importing cannabis under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. They appeared at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on February 3 and were remanded in custody to face trial at Harrow Crown Court on March 1. A 17-year-old male, also charged with importing cannabis, appeared at Willesden Magistrates’ Court and was released on bail.