Arrests made in money laundering operation by Gloucestershire Police
A FURTHER arrest has been made as part of Operation Apollo, an investigation into alleged money laundering offences in the county.
Last week Gloucestershire Police carried out a three day operation in the county that resulted in 12 people arrested as well as suspected drugs being taken off the county’s streets.
This morning, Wednesday September 18, officers arrested a 42-year-old man from Lydbrook on suspicion of money laundering. He currently remains in police custody.
Today’s action brings the total arrests in connection to the investigation to 13 so far.
The investigation has identified money totally approximately £700,000 leaving the UK over a period of time and the investigation into this, and other lines of inquiry, continue.
During the investigation officers have been working with the Benefit Fraud Team from Gloucester City Council.
Speaking last week about the operation, Detective Constable Jon Hume from the Crime Operations Team at Gloucestershire Constabulary said: “We consider the operation so far a great success and, whilst our operation is continuing, we hope it reassures the public that we can and do tackle crime at all levels.
“This week we have shown a different dimension to tackling criminal offences and those involved in various areas of crime. Whilst we regularly focus on the offences of criminal groups this operation is aimed at tackling the financial gains made through their crimes, which can have a huge effect on the lives of those involved in such offences and make it extremely difficult for them to launder their criminal gains in the future.
“We want people involved in criminal offences of all kinds in Gloucestershire to understand that it is only a matter of time before they are caught and that we will do everything within our power to make sure they do not benefit from their criminal activity.
“We would like, as always, to thank the public for their support of our operation. By calling us on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 with information you have about criminal activity we can target those involved and see them put before the courts.”
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