London, Feb.13 : Metropolitan Police today arrested 22 people in a massive operation across London that led to the dismantling of a drug trafficking operation worth at least 100 milion pounds.
At least 500 officers were involved in raids on 30 homes and businesses in the British capital, The Mirror reported.
As part of the operation, Metropolitan Police officers used a JCB digger to smash through a perimeter wall at a fortified thre million pound property in Hayes, West London, belonging to one of the suspects.
Several vehicles, including two Mercedes, a Hummer and a four-wheel drive Porsche parked outside the property were seized.
In another raid, 30 officers burst into a house in East Molesey and searched two cars outside. A 53-year-old man of Egyptian origin was arrested.
The tabloid quoted Detective Superintendent Steve Richardson as saying that the raids stemmed from a six-month intelligence-led inquiry.
Police had already seized almost three million pounds in cash, 70kg (155lb) of cocaine with a street value of 500,000 pounds and four guns, including one with a silencer.