Police officers have arrested nine people in London on suspicion of drugs offences, following a three-month intelligence operation.
On Tuesday (22/09/15), search warrants were executed at addresses across the north of the borough of Westminster, with officers focusing mainly on the Queens Park and Harrow Road wards.
Around 100 police officers from various units – including the Territorial Support Group (TSG), Dog Support Unit (DSU) and Police Search Advisors Team (PolSA) – took part in the raids.
Those arrested were taken to a central London police station, where they were held in custody on suspicion of supplying Class A drugs.
Officers recovered £1,000 in cash and quantities of what is believed to be crack cocaine and heroine.
Arrests and searches are ongoing as part of Operation Handel – a proactive operation responding to concerns raised by the community regarding violence perpetrated by street drug dealers in the area.
After the raids on Tuesday, Detective Inspector Dave Bolton said:
“After listening to the community, today we have carried out a series of arrests helping to make Westminster a safer borough for people to live and work in.
“We are strong in our resolve to reduce the drug activity and the violence that is associated with it. Together with the local authority and partner agencies, we will continue to do all that we can to divert young people away from a life of crime.
“I personally would like to thank the local community for supporting us with our efforts in disrupting and dismantling criminal activity in Westminster – however, we are not complacent and still require their help and support in the coming weeks and months.
“We would encourage anyone with any information about ongoing criminal activity within the borough to come forward and speak to us. Any information provided will be treated in the strictest of confidence.”
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