Six soldiers serving in the military were arrested for conspiracy to supply drugs and money lending and laundering offenses.
In an operation conducted by the Royal Military Police, six members of the Irish Guards and a Coldstream Guards veteran were taken into custody.
As part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, the regiment was to lead the Trooping of the Colour.
However, the Ministry of Defence stated that the soldiers who were arrested would not take part.
A spokesperson for the MoD said that six soldiers from the Irish Guards and one Coldstream Guardsman veteran were arrested by the Royal Military Police as part of a planned operation. They were suspected of conspiring to supply drugs, money lending and laundering.
“None” of the soldiers under investigation will take part in Queen’s Platinum Jubilee parades.
“The army doesn’t tolerate any kind of fraudulent or illegal behavior.
“This is the subject of an independent Royal Military Police Investigation, so it is not appropriate to comment further.”
Mons Barracks, Aldershot, is where the 1st Battalion Irish Guards were based. A source said to The Sun that they came in looking like the DEA (US Drug Enforcement Administration) kicking down doors.
“There was no warning. They had planned the operation for many months.
“It wasn’t just the barracks. They searched soldiers’ homes away from base. It was all a shock.”