In a major crackdown, the Metropolitan police seized cocaine worth more than £2.5 million during a proactive operation in Tooting, South London, Wednesday.

Five men - aged between 25 and 45 - were arrested and 70 kilos of cocaine and a million pounds of cash were seized. All five men have been taken to South London police stations where they remain in custody.

"This operation is the result of a continued focus on disrupting the supply of Class A drugs on the streets of London and the inevitable violence and crime linked to this," DCI Steve Wagstaff of the Central Task Force said in a statement.

Metropolitan Police Service's Central Task Force with Specialist Crime Directorate - recovered the haul of Class A drugs during a series of raids on residential properties and vehicles.

The operation marks the disruption of a sizeable organised criminal network involved in the large scale importation of illegal drugs into the UK.