Friday, July 02, 2004

Customs officer held over drugs

customs officer based at Gatwick Airport has been arrested following a series of raids aimed at smashing an organised drug smuggling ring.

He was one of nine people arrested on Thursday in raids at addresses across London which involved more than 100 customs and police officers.

A customs spokesman said Operation Gunned, which began in January, had led to the seizure of 35kg of cocaine.

Customs chairman Mike Eland said corruption would not be tolerated.