£4 million worth of gold, linked to drug cartel seized in Heathrow airport

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Gold worth around £4 million has been seized by the National Crime Agency as part of an international investigation into a suspected South American drugs cartel.

Officers from Border Force, acting on intelligence from the NCA, moved in to detain the shipment at Heathrow on 1 June.

It was being transported from the Cayman Islands to Switzerland, having earlier been shipped to the Caymans on a private jet which had arrived from Venezuela.


The gold is now the subject of a money laundering investigation being run by the Cayman authorities, with the assistance of the NCA.

The bars and pieces of gold, which together weigh around 104 kilos, have been seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act, following a hearing at Uxbridge Magistrates in London

Via National Crime Agency (UK)


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