Police arrest 15 people following dawn raids in Stonebridge and Harlesden
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Suspected violent drug dealers targeted for second time in a week
Police have carried out a series of dawn raids this morning targeting suspected gang members and drug dealers in Brent for a second week running..
Eight arrests have so far been made after officers stormed addresses in the Stonebridge Park Estate, as part of Operatation Gerbon.
A further seven people have been arrested for similar offences in the NW10 area following the raids which were carried out by both Brent Police and Trident Gang Crime Command.
Operation Grissino is being led by the Metropolitan Police’s specialist gun crime service Trident to discover known and violent drug dealers related to gang crime.
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The Times witnessed police storm a property of a suspected drug dealer and member of the Thugs of Stonebridge gang.
The man, who was in his 20’s was dragged out of his family home, in Shrewsbury Avenue, and spat at photographers before being hauled into a police car.
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Officers found bundles of cash in the property thought to be taken from drug dealing.
In another swoop, a house in Hazledean Road, Harlesden, was stormed and police arrested a man and two women after uncovering a quantity of crack cocaine.
Another man, who was not believed to be a suspect but was living in the property, jumped out a first floor window before running away in his underwear.
This morning’s events are hot on the heels of a series of dawn arrests and raids across the South Kilburn Estate last Wednesday.
A total of 11 people were arrested and subsequently charged with drug related offences.
Detective Inspector, Adrian Lewis, from Trident Gang Crime Command told the Times the operation had been a success.
He said: “This is a message to people involved in crime to stop what they are doing and change their ways because we are coming.
“We encourage members of the public to continue to report anti social behaviour in their neighbourhood to assist us in our efforts.”
All those arrested have been taken to police stations across north London where they currently remain in police custody.