More than 200 officers take part in dawn raids
Several arrests made in drugs operation
HILLINGDON Police were at the forefront of dawn raids in which 18 people were arrested on suspicion of drug dealing, violence and associated crime.
More than 200 officers from the Met, including the Territorial Support Group, Dog Support Unit, Air Support Unit and Trident and Area Crime Command, took part in the raids which began at 5am on Wednesday last week.
The intelligence-led operation saw officers carry out 22 search warrants in Hayes, Greenford, Southall and Northolt.
Of those arrested, 14 were arrested on suspicion of supplying drugs and three people were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply drugs, one of whom was also arrested on suspicion laundering.
All those arrested are between 17 and 30 years old and remain in custody at various west London police stations pending further enquiries.
Items seized so far include quantities of class A and class B drugs, about £2,000 in cash and a Range Rover.
Hillingdon Borough Commander, Detective Chief Superintendent Nick Downing, said: “Last week’s intensive operation has culminated from concerns, information and intelligence gathered from the community.
“Listening to and acting on community concerns remains at the forefront in our fight against crime. The action is testimony to our ongoing commitment to protecting the public and bringing offenders to justice, and this work is by no means over.
“Together with our partner
money agencies and the community we are determined to stop offenders in their tracks and prevent another victim falling into their hands. Our message is clear; if you are intent on committing crime, you risk an early morning wake up call from our team and a future behind bars.”
In the last two years police in Hillingdon have conducted two similar intelligence-led operations to disrupt and dismantle criminal activity in the borough.
In October 2013, 17 people were arrested and brought before the courts following simultaneous raids at addresses in Hayes – most of those charged were jailed for the supply of Class A drugs.
In May 2014, officers carried out a series of raids at The Victoria public house in North Hyde Road in Hayes and 14 residential addresses across west London.
Subsequently seven people were charged in connection with drugs offences, theft and anti-social behaviour and handed jail terms.
Evidence was presented to Hillingdon Council regarding routine drug dealing and violence at The Victoria and as a result the venue had its licence revoked.
DETERMINED: Detective Chief Superintendent Nick Downing