Police have arrested 19 people in King’s Lynn in relation to the illegal importation of tobacco and money laundering.

Following a joint investigation by police and HMRC police raided 22 addresses on Tuesday and seized drugs, a firearm and ammunition, jewellery, electrical equipment and five vehicles – two Range Rovers, a BMW, a Mercedes and a Ford KA.

Thirteen men and six women, all aged between 20 and 58-years-old, were arrested. Seventeen have since been released under investigation while enquiries are ongoing, one man remains in custody and one woman is due to be interviewed.

Superintendent Dave Buckley, local policing commander for King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, said: “This operation demonstrates our resolve to work with partners in disrupting criminal gangs who operate locally.

“Our priority is keeping our communities safe and dealing with organised crime is part of this. Police in the King’s Lynn area will continue to target those who commit crime and exploit vulnerable people.”

Detective superintendent Steve Mattin, head of the Norfolk and Suffolk Cyber, Intelligence  and Serious Crime Unit, said: “Today’s activity is the result of our strong partnership with our HMRC colleagues, that has seen this lengthy investigation unfold today with almost 100 officers from the police and HMRC targeting and disrupting those suspected of being involved in organised criminal activity.

“This sends a strong message to our communities that we will not tolerate those who look to gain from organised crime.”