Six British servicemen and a veteran have been arrested on suspicion of cocaine and money laundering offences, just days before the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, the UK Ministry of Defense confirmed to The Post.
The seven suspects were arrested in a raid by the Royal Military Police at their barracks in England early on Wednesday, reports BBC News.
Raids also reportedly took place at a property in Windsor, as well as in Wales and Northern Ireland. The veteran involved is a former officer in the Coldstream Guards.
The six Irish soldiers belong to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards who will lead the legendary ‘Trooping the Color’ military parade on Thursday to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty on the throne.
“As part of a planned operation, the Royal Military Police arrested six Irish Guardsmen and a veteran Coldstream Guardsman from across the UK on suspicion of conspiracy to supply drugs, moneylending and money laundering,” the British Army said in a statement to The Post .
“The Army will not tolerate any illegal or fraudulent conduct. As this is now the subject of an independent investigation by the Royal Military Police, it is inappropriate to comment further.”
The Ministry of Defense confirmed that none of the soldiers examined will be attending the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, which are due to start next week.
According to The Mirror, five of the guards have been released on bail.
Buckingham Palace did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment.
The Irish Guards have been the most operationally active unit in the British Army in recent years.
The Queen’s grandson and second in line to the throne, Prince William is Colonel in the Irish Guards.
The Irish Guards were founded by Queen Victoria in 1900. In recent years they have been deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Cyprus and the Falkland Islands.
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