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Source: United Kingdom London Metropolitan Police

An eighth person has been arrested during an early morning raid at his home in Coulsdon as part of an ongoing investigation into county lines drugs supply.

Officers from the Violent Crime Taskforce, Territorial Support Group and local South Area BCU took part in the warrant around 05:00hrs on Thursday, 17 December.

The man, aged 18, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and remains in police custody.

At the address officers found cash, class A drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Detective Constable Ray Sekalongo, of the VCTF investigation team, said: “A long-term, ongoing investigation has led us to this further arrest today. We believe this man has caused destruction to communities by being involved in county lines drugs supply.

“We have already charged seven people as part of the same investigation. We know there is a strong link between drugs and violence and targeting these high harm offenders is the priority of the Met and our partner forces.”

+ Even through this challenging pandemic officers across the Met have remained committed to tackling violence and as part of this, bringing those intent on peddling drugs to justice.

We are not complacent and would like to hear from anyone who has information about crime, those who carry a weapon, or those who exploit others for gain or revenge, while putting young people’s lives at risk.

Community intelligence can be used to great effect to not only detect, but also prevent crime, keep London safe and save young lives.

If you don’t want to speak to the police, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They are a totally independent charity and you will remain 100% anonymous – they never ask your name and they cannot trace your call, your IP address or the device you use.

Alternatively, visit their website https://crimestoppers-uk.org/. If you are worried about someone you suspect may be carrying a knife or other weapon, advice and support is also available through organisations including Knife Free https://www.knifefree.co.uk/get-help-support/ and Fearless: https://www.fearless.org/en}}

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