A suspected firearm as well as a quantity of drugs and cash have been seized following a number of dawn raids in central and west London.
At around 05:00hrs on Thursday, 11 March, officers from the Territorial Support Group (TSG) executed six warrants at residential addresses across London.
The warrants were a result of a proactive investigation after local officers became increasingly aware of criminal activity across three central London boroughs: Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea, as well as Wandsworth.
The criminality detected involved the use, supply and manufacture of Class A and B drugs, alongside other activity such as knife crime, child exploitation and anti-social behaviour across the boroughs.
The TSG led the operation supported by local Safer Neighborhoods and Violence Suppression Unit (VSU) colleagues to tackle these issues, ensuring a safer place for residents and communities who live and work in the area.
The warrants were are at six addresses across London in Kensington and Chelsea, Fulham and Wandsworth.
While searching an address in North Kensington, officers recovered a suspected firearm which has been made safe and submitted for forensic testing.
Officers also seized a quantity of drugs and cash across the other addresses.
Two men and a woman, aged in their 20s, have been arrested as a result of the operation and taken to a south London police station, where they currently remain in custody.
Two further males have been processed for Class C drugs offences. Safer Neighbourhoods colleagues are in the area conducting weapons sweeps, leaflet drops and joint patrols with local wardens.
Inspector Emma Dickinson, from the south west TSG, said: “Over time these people have routinely exploited vulnerable members of society, using their homes as places to deal drugs from and organising young people into carrying drugs for them.
“They have also been linked to large scale anti-social behaviour in the area, which has been detrimental for the wider community.
“The Met is committed to tackling serious crime and will continue to ensure those involved in selling drugs and exploiting others are found and will face the consequences of their actions.”
Chief Inspector Kevin Weeden, also from the south west TSG, said: “These types of operations are only possible by working in partnership with our communities and local partners. The information you provide to us is vital and we would like to thank those communities and partners for working with us in order for this to happen today.”
If you are worried about criminal activity in your area, please call police on 101, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crimestopppers on 0800 55 111.