Dawn raids end with 15 ar­rests for drug crimes

Po­lice swoop on sus­pected deal­ers

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Clemen­tine kather­ine.clemen­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

FIF­TEEN sus­pected drug deal­ers were ar­rested af­ter po­lice raided homes in Uxbridge, West Dray­ton and Hayes.

Of­fi­cers from Hilling­don , sup­ported by 200 col­leagues from across the Met, in­clud­ing the ter­ri­to­rial sup­port group, dog sup­port unit, and Tri­dent, launched co­co­or­di­nated raids at 4.45am on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 26.

They ar­rested a dozen men and three women, aged 17 to 48, on sus­pi­cion of sup­ply­ing class A drugs.

A man aged 30 and woman aged 48 were ar­rested at an ad­dress in Yiewsley where £10,000 was seized.

Su­per­in­ten­dent

Max Wil­liams said: “By tar­get­ing drug deal­ers we can make a real and long term dif­fer­ence in cre­at­ing the safest en­vi­ron­ment for our com­mu­ni­ties.

“Drugs are a known gen­er­a­tor for violence, an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour and ac­quis­i­tive crime, and this can­not be ig­nored.

“Our aim is to dis­rupt and dis­man­tle crime, and re­mind those in­tent on deal­ing drugs that we will lo­cate them and help elim­i­nate the mis­ery they in­flict on our com­mu­ni­ties.”

Po­lice have car­ried out three sim­i­lar in­tel­li­genceled oper­a­tions in the last two years.

In Oc­to­ber 2013, 17 were ar­rested in Hayes and most were charged were jailed for the sup­ply of class A drugs.

In May 2014, of­fi­cers raided The Vic­to­ria pub in North Hyde Road in Hayes and 14 res­i­den­tial ad­dresses across West Lon­don.

Seven were charged in con­nec­tion with drug of­fences, theft and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour and handed jail terms and the pub had its li­cence re­voked.

In July this year, a swoop net­ted 20 sus­pects, with 15 of them re­ceiv­ing cus­to­dial sen­tences to­talling 41 years. Five fur­ther in­di­vid­u­als are stand­ing sep­a­rate tri­als in the fu­ture.

Supt Wil­liams added: “Our drive to com­bat crim­i­nal­ity is never stronger as we are con­tin­u­ally mov­ing for­ward in de­vel­op­ing stronger and more ef­fec­tive tac­tics to stay one step ahead in our fight against crime.

“Pos­i­tive change can only come from the voice of the com­mu­nity and I would like to thank those of you who have taken the time to speak out about crime, how­ever big or small.

“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.”

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