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  • 15 members of drugs network jailed for 68 years

    Fifteen members of a drugs network involved in supplying cocaine, amphetamines and cannabis in the eastern region have been jailed for a total of 68 years

  • Operation JINGLE

    A man who was caught driving down the M1 in possession of cocaine with a street value of over five million pounds in the back of his van has  been jailed for 16 years. He was also found is possession of a firearm.

  • Operation OBSERVE

    Ten members of a drugs gang which flooded the Eastern Region with crack and heroin have been jailed for a combined total of more than 50 years.

  • Operation FILM

    Ram raiders jailed after being caught in the act

  • Drug Dealer sentenced

    A drug dealer who was caught with a large amount of cocaine and heroin in his Enfield home has been jailed for 6 years 9 months

  • Organised criminals locked up for 1,000 years

    Organised criminals including drug traffickers, ram raiders and fraudsters across the region have been jailed for a total of 1,000 years by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit.

  • Child Sexual Exploitation

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  • Drug gang jailed for 74 years

    Fourteen members of a drugs gang who supplied cocaine and ecstasy across London and East Anglia have been jailed for a total of 74 years and four months.

  • Operation ZINC

    Members of an organised crime group who conspired to import two tonnes of cannabis and multiple kilos of cocaine into the UK have been jailed for a total of 83 years and four months

  • RECU operation against Lyndon Hudson

     Crime does not pay!  Criminal ordered to pay back £500,000

  • Haul of assets seized from ATM ram raid gang

    ERSOU have seized assets worth thousands of pounds which are believed to have been bought with the proceeds of a string of ATM ram raids.

  • Operation AMASS

    Four men have been sentenced to 54 years imprisonment  for a violent armed robbery - their actions described by the judge as '.... pre-meditated, cynical, violent and cowardly....'

  • ERSOU supports NCA Human Trafficking Enforcement

    The day of action, which has included officers from the NCA, local police forces, the Gangmasters Licencing Agency, Regional Organised Crime Units (ERSOU) has led to 13 arrests in the Eastern Region

  • Drug dealer sentenced to 10 years!

    Mohammed Arshad Hussein aged 26 was found with more than £69,000 in cash in his car has been jailed for 10 years for drug dealing

  • Operation AMASS

    Ram raid gang jailed for 22 years - (see operation details for video footage showing attacks)

  • Five men have been jailed over 17 and half years for a series of phone frauds

    The group stole more than £40,000 after they tricked 11 people into handing over bank cards and PIN numbers.

  • Three charged in Norfolk business fraud investigation

     Three people, including a Norfolk police officer, have been charged with a total of 15 fraud offences by officers from the Eastern Region Specialist Operations Unit (ERSOU)

  • Class A drugs... the true cost

    What does a kg of a class A drug really cost?

  • Crime Doesn't Pay!

    An unlicensed Bedfordshire wheel clamper who made over half a million pounds during a six year period has been ordered to re-pay £77,253.74 under the Proceeds of Crime Act following a hearing at Luton Crown Court.



To protect the communities within the Eastern Region from Serious and Organised Crime.


To identify, disrupt and dismantle organised crime groups causing the most harm to the East.


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Our Mission


Criminals arrested


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Drugs Seized


Assets restrained


Cash seized


Confiscation Orders


Stolen Property & Vehicles




Compensation for Victims


Other Forfeitures


The areas highlighted in orange indicate the places where ERSOU investigations have impacted - both within and outside the region. (To read more simply click on the highlighted area and the force name to view the operations).

ERSOU's region covers the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Norfolk and Suffolk but targeting criminality will see operational teams operating outside this area.

Northumbria PoliceCumbria ConstabularyDurham ConstabularyHumberside PoliceWest Yorkshire PoliceNorth Yorkshire PoliceCleveland PoliceSouth Yorkshire PoliceLancashire ConstabularyGreater Manchester PoliceCheshire ConstabularyMerseyside PoliceWest Mercia PoliceStaffordshire PoliceDerbyshire ConstabularyLincolnshire PoliceNottinghamshire PoliceCambridgeshire ConstabularyLeicestershire ConstabularyWest Midlands PoliceWarwickshire PoliceNorthamptonshire PoliceBedfordshire PoliceSuffolk ConstabularyNorfolk ConstabularyEssex PoliceHertfordshire ConstabularySussex PoliceKent PoliceSurrey PoliceMetropolitan PoliceThames Valley PoliceGloucestershire ConstabularyWiltshire PoliceHampshire ConstabularyHampshire ConstabularyDorset PoliceAvon and Somerset ConstabularyDevon and Cornwall PoliceDyfed-Powys Police (Heddlu Dyfed Powys)South Wales Police (Heddlu De Cymru)Gwent Police (Heddlu Gwent)North Wales Police (Heddlu Gogledd Cymru)ScotlandEireNorthern IrelandInternational

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Behind Bars

Click here to see a gallery of the criminals that have been captured and imprisoned by ERSOU over the past 6 months.

Latest News

Read about the latest information, news stories and successes in the fight against organised crime in the Eastern Region.

Wed 13th, Mar

More than £600,000 forfeited since introduction of new legislation

ERSOU is continuing maximise use to new legislation

Thu 28th, Feb

Two drugs dealers ordered to pay back more than £110,000

 Two members of a jailed drugs gang have ordered to pay back more than £110,000.

Wed 27th, Feb

Six jailed for smuggling migrants across Channel

Six members of an organised crime group have been sentenced to more than 27 years in prison, after trying to smuggle migrants across the Channel in a speedboat and into the country via the Kent coast.

Wed 13th, Feb

Seven people arrested in relation to laundering of millions of pounds worth of cryptocurrency

Seven people have been arrested as part of an on-going investigation into the selling of stolen credit card details online and the subsequent laundering of millions of pounds worth of cryptocurrency.

Help to fight crime

Call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or go to www.crimestoppers.org/

Join us in the fight against Child Sexual Exploitation

It is not OK for someone to expect you or your friends to do things you don’t want to.Join us in the fight against Child Sexual Exploitation.

Listen to your instinct; if it doesn’t feel right – tell someone.