Source: United Kingdom London Metropolitan Police
A total of 15 have been made following a series of drugs warrants executed at addresses in east London this morning (Wednesday, 2 December).
The warrants were part of a proactive operation by the MPS’ Trident East Reactive unit, with support from CE Gangs Taskforce and the Territorial Support Group (TSG). The majority of addresses were in Tower Hamlets, with three raids in Colchester and Grays, Essex and Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire.
The men, aged between 19 and 26 years old, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply drugs.
They are currently in custody at police stations.
£20,000 cash and a quantity of drugs were seized at various address as well as mobile phones and other devices.
The warrants form part of Operation Continuum, an intelligence-led, phased operation established in response to ongoing reports of drug dealing, drug use and associated criminality in Tower Hamlets. Since March this year, days of action linked to this operation have resulted in 107 arrests and over 200 drug-related charges.
Detective Sergeant John Macleod, who led the operation, said: “This was a successful operation with a large number of people suspected of drug supply offences now in custody, and it comes after a lot of background work by officers.
“We believe that these arrests have disrupted an organised drug-dealing network operating out of east London, and our enquiries will continue. Drug supply has strong links to a lot of the violence that plays out on London’s streets, and that is why officers across London are targeting high-harm offenders through a range of tactics every day.
“We would urge anyone who is aware or has information about drug dealing and associated violence to contact police – community information is vital for police enquiries, and helps us make the capital a safer place.”
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