Police in Tower Hamlets have today, Wednesday, 6 June carried out a series of dawn raids as part of an intelligence-led operation to crackdown on the supply of drugs, violence and associated criminal and anti-social behaviour (ASB).
The operation saw 30 search warrants executed simultaneously at addresses across the borough and in east London. A quantity of drugs, around £20,000 in cash, two tasers, weapons and a car was seized.
All those arrested were taken into custody across east London, where they remain.
The 26 men and one woman were arrested on suspicion of a variety of offences relating to drug supply within Tower Hamlets.
More than 150 officers from across the Met were involved in the operation.
Detective Chief Inspector Mike Hamer, Tower Hamlets Gangs and Offender Management Unit said: “Through our understanding of criminal behaviour and from what our residents tell us, we know the impact street based drug dealing has. These arrests for drug dealing are particularly pleasing and demonstrate our commitment to deal robustly with those who supply drugs within the local community.”
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said:
“This operation is part of our ongoing work to tackle the scourge of drug dealing on our streets.
“The safety of our residents is a priority, and we will continue to use our collective powers to disrupt drugs markets and prevent the criminal behaviour associated with drugs and drug use.
“We will continue to do everything we can to fight drug dealing on our streets.”
The council has invested £7.3m in services this year to tackle substance misuse in the borough.
Public Health England estimate that each £1 spent on drug treatment will save £2.50 on health, housing and social costs.
Anyone with any information about criminality in their area should speak to their local Safer Neighbourhoods police team or to give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.