Operation Zeus targets money launderers



This morning, Tuesday 13th February 2018, North Wales Police launched a further stage of Operation Zeus when three suspected money launderers were arrested, one at Manchester Airport as he returned from Thailand in ‘Business Class’.





Operation Zeus commenced last November when North Wales Police, assisted by colleagues from GMP and Merseyside Police executed dozens of search warrants across the North Wales region, as well as in Liverpool and Manchester and seized drugs, cash and related paraphernalia as well as property believed to have been gained through proceeds of crime.   So far 41 people have been arrested in relation to offences ranging from conspiring to supply controlled drugs to the laundering of criminal proceeds.  15 of those arrested have been charged with offences and several are remanded awaiting either trial of sentencing.


This morning’s operation is focused on those suspected of money laundering and it resulted in the arrest of three men from Holyhead aged in their 20s to 50s and all are being held at custody suites in North Wales awaiting interview.


Senior Investigating Officer Det Insp Lee Boycott said ‘The unlawful supply of controlled drugs can result in massive criminal gain and it’s hugely important we target all those involved at every stage of any criminal activity.   Today’s arrest have focused on those helping hide those criminal assets and they are as involved as those street and local dealers who pedal this misery and we will do everything we can to bring them all to justice.’


“Our commitment in keeping our communities safe remains a priority and in line with the forces’ Operation Scorpion’ is directly targeting serious and organised crime.  Possession and distribution of controlled drugs will not be tolerated and we will continue to take positive, robust action.   We can’t tackle this problem alone and key to our work is intelligence and I cannot emphasise enough the importance of the community sharing their concerns with us.    Information can be passed by contacting the control room direct via the web live chat http://www.north-wales.police.uk/contact/chat-support.aspx or phoning 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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