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Major drugs raids in Newham result in dozens of arrests

PUBLISHED: 17:00 27 April 2016 | UPDATED: 17:07 27 April 2016

Dozens of people were arrested in the operation, which targeted drug-dealing gangs              Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Images

Dozens of people were arrested in the operation, which targeted drug-dealing gangs Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Images

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Dozens of suspected gang members have been arrested in a series of drugs raids involving close to 100 officers.

Three addresses in Newham were hit early this morning in what police called the “final phase” of a massive drugs-busting operation.

Overall, 40 properties were targeted during the operation – the majority in neighbouring Tower Hamlets, which officers highlighted in the hope of reducing gang violence that emanates from that borough – and 33 men and two women aged between 16 and 42 were arrested.

Two cannabis farms, more than a thousand “rocks of class A drugs” and in excess of £5,000 were found at the addresses.

Many of the suspects remain in custody, while a number have already been charged.

Operations against drug-dealing gangs in the area have been carried out since the autumn of last year, and Det Insp Rick Stewart, from the Trident Central Gangs Unit, said today’s raids are part of the Met’s “continuous work” to bring “prolific offenders” to account.

He said: “These raids today are the final phase of an operation that has taken meticulous preparation by our specialist team and fulfils one of our main objectives – to take harmful gang members off the streets and make our communities safer.

“For the small number who choose to affiliate to this harmful lifestyle, our message is clear – accept the specialist support on offer to leave criminality behind – or face the consequences that are coming to you.”


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