Leighton man arrested on suspicion of money laundering and drugs offences


A Leighton man was arrested on suspicion of money laundering and drugs offences after a warrant was executed at a property last week.

It was part of Operation Payback, which targets criminals who obtain assets by fraudulent and criminal means, by officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Economic Crime Unit.

Eight warrants were carried out in Leighton Buzzard, Clophill, Stevenage, Hoddesdon, Cheshunt and Potters Bar, resulting in a total of ten arrests including nine men and one woman for a variety of fraudulent offences.

The 41-year-old man from Leighton has been remanded into custody.

Detective Inspector Steve Keating, from the Economic Crime Unit, said: “Last week’s series of warrants are the latest in several which have been conducted by the unit over recent months.

“The Proceeds of Crime Act gives us the power to disrupt criminals who think they can benefit from crime and we run regular operations to target them. With these powers, we can seize the profits of their illegal activities and remove these negative influences on our communities.

“This week’s targeted activities were another resounding success in the fight to hurt criminals in the pocket and ensure crime doesn’t pay in Hertfordshire.”