Two men have been arrested in London during a multi-agency investigation into waste crime, fraud and money laundering offences.
The pair, one aged 29 and the other 46, are being held for questioning about illegal activities in Lancashire, Middlesbrough, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Kent.
They were arrested at their homes in Chelsea and Hampstead in a joint operation by the Environment Agency (EA), the Metropolitan Police and Government Agency Intelligence Network.
EA team leader Mark Rumble said: “These arrests are part of extremely serious organised crime activity, which involves the dumping of illegal waste, fraud and money laundering across the country.
“We are working closely with partners to share intelligence on illegal waste activity to ensure the culprits are brought to justice.”
Detective inspector Tim Court, from the Met’s organised crime command, said: “It is critical that different parts of the Government work together to tackle organised crime, holding offenders to account and removing the financial incentive for their offending.
“Today’s activity has proven that the Metropolitan Police and organised crime advisers will take action against those involved in any organised criminal activity in order to protect London.”