Eight arrested and cocaine seized on M25 in Surrey

Eight people have been arrested and cocaine with a street value of £50,000 has been seized by police who stopped vehicles on the M25.

Officers from Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, Thames Valley and the Metropolitan Police seized 14 vehicles and issued 15 fixed penalty notices.

Two men were arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply.

Two others, aged 18 and 49, were held on suspicion of stealing machinery.

The vehicles were stopped in Surrey on Wednesday after activating automatic number plate recognition cameras, which detect vehicles which have been registered as lost or stolen.

The technology also give officers details about whether vehicles are taxed and insured or if they have been seen in suspicious circumstances or involved in a crime.

It was part of Operation Shield, designed to fight cross-border crime in Surrey.

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