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Eight arrests following raids in Abbey Wood

News   •   Oct 10, 2018 10:08 BST

[Cannabis plants found at the site]

A number of warrants have been executed this morning (Wednesday, 10 October) in Abbey Wood as part of a proactive operation targeting drugs and associated criminality.

At around 04:00hrs, officers from South East Command Unit, supported by specialist officers and local agencies, conducted eight search warrants relating to drugs and firearms at the Thistlebrook Estate, SE2.

The operation, carried out in partnership with the Government Agency Intelligence Network, has seen eight people arrested for a variety of offences including various drug offences. Two cannabis farms have been discovered.

Items including a stun gun and spent bullet casings have also been found. A puppy farm has also been located and is currently being inspected by the RSPCA - one dog has been seized.

The following have been arrested:

[A] A 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of cultivation of cannabis and abstraction of electricity;
[B] A 51-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs and cultivation of cannabis;
[C] A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B drugs and abstraction of electricity;
[D] A 54-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of the production of class B drugs and abstraction of electricity;
[E] A 29-year-old man was arrested on recall to prison;
[F] A 54-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of class A drugs and money laundering;
[G] A 24-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B drugs, cultivation of cannabis and money laundering;
[H] A 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B drugs, cultivation of cannabis and money laundering.

All of those arrested were taken to a south London police station where they remain in custody at this time pending further enquiries.

Detective Superintendent Jane Corrigan said: "Today's operation highlights what can be achieved though partnership action.

"Drugs and the associated crime that comes with them are a blight on the lives of the law abiding communities of London.

"The action we have taken this morning will significantly reduce the negative impact of the drug trade on local people in this area and disrupt the activities of both drug dealers and users alike."

Anyone wishing to provide information to police about crime or criminal behaviour should call police by dialling 101, tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

= The operation was further supported by theRoyal Borough of Greenwich; UK Power Networks; British Horse Society; British Gas; RSPCA; DVSA ; HMRC; Gangmasters and the Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA).