A total of seven men, aged between 22 and 36-years-old, have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences, following morning raids.
The warrants were the culmination of a four-month investigation targeting drug supply and associated violent crime in Lewisham, and took place today Tuesday, 21 July at residential addresses across south London and Kent.
A previous series of warrants were executed as part of the same operation on Tuesday, 14 July. Those people have subsequently been charged with drugs offences.
In addition to the arrests today a number of items were seized, including three imitation firearms, two CS gas canisters, knives, cash and class A and B drugs.
More than 300 officers were involved in this morning’s and last week’s activity, led by local officers from the South East Proactive Unit and the MPS Taskforce
Detective Chief Inspector John Massey, from South East Area Proactive Unit, said: “Drug dealing is responsible for a high proportion of violence in Lewisham and the surrounding boroughs which is exactly why operations of this kind are so important.
“We have listened to the concerns of the local community and will continue to work tirelessly to make the streets in which they live safer. I hope these results reassure those who live here that we are committed to disrupting drug supply and violent crime in the area, and bringing those responsible to justice.
“I would urge anyone with information about individuals who are involved in drug dealing and violent crime to contact police so that we can take action - your information is invaluable to us.”
We would like to hear from anyone who has information about crime. Community intelligence can be used to great effect to not only detect, but also prevent crime, keep London safe and save young lives. If you don’t want to speak to the police, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They are a totally independent charity and you will remain 100% anonymous - they never ask your name and they cannot trace your call, your IP address or the device you use. Alternatively, visit their website https://crimestoppers-uk.org/.
If you are worried about someone you suspect may be carrying a knife or other weapon, advice and support is also available through organisations including Knife Free https://www.knifefree.co.uk/get-help-support/ and Fearless: https://www.fearless.org/en
Arrested on Tuesday, 21 July:
[L] A 36 year-old-man was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs
[M] A 29 year-old-man was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs
[N] A 24 year-old-man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B drugs
[O] A 36 year-old-man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B and A drugs
[P] A 22 year-old-man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs
[Q] A 36 year-old-man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B and A drugs and possession of criminal property
[R] A 28 year-old-man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs
All seven remain in police custody.