Two arrested after crime unit raids three homes in Crawley

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A man and woman from Crawley have been arrested after officers from the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) raided three homes.

Working alongside Sussex Police, the team executed the warrants under the Misuse of Drugs Act and the Theft Act as part of the continued push to tackle drugs in Crawley.

One home in Cotton Walk, Broadfield, was searched under the Misuse of Drugs Act while two addresses in Burdock Close, Broadfield, were searched, one under the Misuse of Drugs Act and the other under the Theft Act.

A 41-year-old man and a 63-year-old woman, both from Crawley, were arrested on suspicion of money laundering. They remain in police custody.

Det Sgt Graham Mepham, of SEROCU, said: “We continue to work with our colleagues across the region in order to crack down on the supply of drugs and the proceeds which come from it.

“These arrests come as a result of an extensive and thorough investigation by officers from SEROCU working with our colleagues in Sussex Police to execute today’s warrants.

“This investigation into money laundering is another step in dismantling organised crime groups who are damaging communities with illegal money laundering, and the other crime this funds.

“We are currently in the process of searching properties.

“I would urge anyone from the community who has information about criminality where they live to share that information with their local police force or Crimestoppers so that positive action can be taken.”

Chief Inspector Justina Beeken, Crawley District Commander for Sussex Police said; “We continue to work with SEROCU in this operation, and we are working with local partners in dealing with drug abuse issues in the town.”

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