Second phase of operation against opium trade
A Fulham family had a rude awakening when their home was raided in connection with a recent opium seizure.
16 officers from the borough’s drugs squad and the council’s corporate anti-fraud service carried out the early morning raid on the property with the aid of police dogs.
A 26 year-old man and his brother, aged 23, were arrested for benefit fraud, and over £5,000 in cash was seized from different rooms in the house, together with a Mercedes car valued at up to £60,000.
The raid, on March 12 was the second phase of Operation Tiamat, which saw a 46 year-old local man arrested at St Pancras Station after leaving the Eurostar with five kilos of opium paste taped to his body. The man, named by police as Jamshid Soltani Tehrani, has now been charged with custom offences.
Detective Superintendent Steve Cassidy, head of crime operations for Hammersmith and Fulham Council says: " Disrupting drug-dealing families is a powerful weapon in our crime-fighting armoury. We will continue to jointly target criminal families mercilessly because of the harm they do to our communities. Our message to them remains clear - stop dealing Class A drugs in Hammersmith & Fulham. "
Cllr Greg Smith, cabinet member for crime and street scene, says: “Around eighty percent of our most prolific criminals are addicted to either opiates, crack cocaine, or both. Drugs destroy lives and we will continue to hound those who peddle them into submission."
Since the arrests, the family’s bank accounts have been restrained, which means that they will now only be able to draw out basic living costs until investigations determine how much of this money has come from criminal activity and should therefore be confiscated.
March 24, 2009