FOUR lags were arrested on suspicion of masterminding a £10million drugs deal while serving a prison sentence.
The men were among ten held by the National Crime Agency, which seized a vast haul of cocaine and heroin.
The alleged plotters are serving a sentence in Standford Hill prison[/caption]
The four had been out on day release, or temporary licence, meaning they were holding down jobs to prepare them for release. They have been moved back to Category A or B jails as the NCA investigates. A Prison Service probe is under way at HMP Standford Hill, on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent.
A source told The Sun on Sunday: “The operation was a huge success but you can imagine the concern when it was established nearly half the group was working from prison.
“Drugs deals are common on a minor level within jails but this was on a huge scale, professionally done.
“It appears the four were peeling off from their day jobs and making arrangements. It’s a huge embarrassment.”
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Six Turks, three Brits and one Italian, in their 20s, 30s and 40s were arrested and were still being quizzed last night.
Det Chief Insp Mark Brookes said: “This operation is another great example of partnership working between the Met and NCA.
“This seizure has stopped dangerous drugs from reaching the streets of London and beyond where they have the potential to cause great harm to people and communities.” The Ministry of Justice said: “We are aware of an ongoing police investigation involving four prisoners.”