The Irish Guards were arrested just days before they were due to lead the Platinum Jubilee parade. Stock image (Picture: Shutterstock)

Six soldiers from the Queen’s guard have been arrested just days before they were due to lead the Platinum Jubilee parade.

The serving Irish Guards members were arrested on suspicion of dealing cocaine and running a loan shark operation, The Sun reports. A former sergeant from the Coldstream Guards was also arrested.

A source from the 1st Battalion Irish Guards’ base, Mons Barracks in Aldershot, Hampshire, said authorities ‘came in like the DEA, kicking down doors’.

‘There was no warning,’ the source added. ‘We were told they had been planning the operation for months.

‘It wasn’t just the barracks. They searched the soldiers’ homes off base. It’s all come as a huge shock.’

The soldiers were arrested on Wednesday after dawn raids in Northern Ireland, North Wales, Hampshire and Berkshire.

Two of the suspects remain in custody under the Red Cap Royal Military Police, who have reportedly been investigating for several months. The other five suspects were released on bail.

The soldiers under investigation will not participate in any Platinum Jubilee parades.

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An Army spokesperson said: ‘As part of a planned operation the Royal Military Police arrested six Irish Guards soldiers and a Coldstream Guardsman veteran from across the UK on suspicion of conspiracy to supply drugs and money lending and laundering offences.

‘The Army does not tolerate any type of illegal or fraudulent behaviour. As this is now the subject of an independent Royal Military Police investigation, it is inappropriate to comment further.’

There were no arrests at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst.

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