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Arnold Estate man in court after cannabis raids

37-year-old Arnold Estate resident David Couchman was one of 11 people who appeared in court on Saturday charged with drug and money-laundering offences.

David Couchman of Sweeney Crescent on Bermondsey's Arnold Estate was charged with conspiracy to import controlled drugs, conspiracy to supply controlled drugs and money laundering following a series of raids by the Metropolitan Police on Thursday morning.

He appeared at City of Westminster Magistrates Court and has been remanded in custody. Together with the other 10 people charged he will appear before Southwark Crown Court on 5 December.

On Thursday officers from the Met's Special Intelligence Section arrested 14 people in connection with the large-scale importation of cannabis. The operation targeted a total of 35 addresses in London, Kent, Surrey and the Thames Valley.

Officers say that they recovered more than 50 kilos of skunk cannabis from an address in Ashstead and approximately 1.2 million in cash from an address in Kingston.

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