Seven people were arrested during pre-planned raids at residential addresses in south-east London, as part of an ongoing summer operation cracking down on drug supply and linked crime.
Warrants under section 8 of the Police and Crime Act 1984 were executed at 10 addresses in Greenwich, Lewisham and Bromley this morning (Wednesday, 10 July) as part of Operation Perseus, a long-running operation led by the South East area BCU proactive unit aimed at reducing drugs supply and associated violence in Greenwich and surrounding areas.
Seven people – six men and one woman, aged between 18 and 26 – were arrested on suspicion of drugs supply. They are currently in custody at police stations.
A quantity of drugs and other property was seized.
Detective Superintendent Andy Furphy, of the South East Basic Command Unit (BCU), said: “This operation was launched as a direct response to local concerns about drug dealers causing misery in the communities they operate.
“Drug dealing is strongly linked with a high proportion of the violence we see on London’s streets, and this operation shows that we will robustly deal robustly with people who peddle drugs, exploit young people and target the most vulnerable within our communities.
“Today’s arrests follow a lot of work identifying people we believe are involved in the local drug trade, and our activity will not stop here. People involved in this type of criminality in south-east London should know that we are onto them. Across the Met, we are doing this kind of work every day to make the capital a better and safer place.”
Councillor Danny Thorpe, leader of Greenwich Council, accompanied officers on the operation.
He said: “Greenwich is a generally a peaceful borough and we work hard with the police and other agencies to keep it that way. Attending the raids this morning, I was struck by the sheer number of officers who need to be involved in planning and executing such a complex, potentially dangerous operation.
“I would like to thank all the officers involved and give my full support to the Met, and forces up and down the country, who take dangerous criminals off our streets every day in very difficult circumstances.
“Taking suspected criminals into custody will help protect families and neighbours, and could prevent more people from becoming the victims of violent crime. I would like to reassure residents that the Council is doing everything in its power to help keep our residents safe.
“Young people are more likely to be the victims of crime than the perpetrators, so we are in the process of setting up a new cross-agency team to help combat and prevent gang violence in the borough.”
We would urge people to report any anti-social behaviour and criminal activity that they see in their neighbourhoods to police – we will act, and we will identify those responsible.
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