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Cyber Crime Unit investigation leads to seizure of £300,000 worth of cocaine

City of London Police officers investigating the manufacture and supply of drugs have arrested a man from Loughton, Essex following an early morning raid on his home.

The 49-year-old was first suspected of manufacturing drugs when officers from the City of London Police’s Cyber Crime Unit began investigating online marketplaces where drugs, weapons, firearms, counterfeit and other illegal goods were being sold on the dark web.            

Officers executed a warrant on the morning of Thursday 20 September 2018 and seized approximately £300,000 worth of cocaine, a large quantity of cannabis, two cocaine presses, a stun gun and approximately £12,000 in cash.

The man has since been released on police bail. 

Detective Inspector Gary Robinson, from the City of London Police's Cyber Crime Unit, said:

“This is an excellent result off the back of a complicated and lengthy investigation by the Cyber Crime Unit.

“The area of dark web investigation is still relatively new within the police service. Here in the City, we are working hard to find new ways to expand on what, and how, we investigate; push the boundaries of police investigation; and be innovative in finding solutions.”

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