Police arrest nine in dawnlight drugs raids across Westminster

Police carrying out a series of dramatic dawnlight raids across Westminster this morning have arrested nine people on suspicion of drug dealing.

Around 100 officers swooped on properties in the Queens Park and Harrow Road Wards in the early hours and have so far seized £1000 in cash and what is believed to be quantities of crack cocaine and heroine.

The ongoing Operation Handel marks the culmination of a three-month, intelligence-led crackdown on Class A drug dealing and was launched in response to concerns raised by the community regarding violence perpetrated by street drug dealers in Westminster.

The planned day of action brought together the Met’s Territorial Support Group (TSG), Dog Support Unit (DSU) and Police Search Advisors (PolSA) in a co-ordinated series of raids.

The nine individuals who were arrested remain in custody in a central London police station.

Detective Inspector Dave Bolton said:”After listening to the community, today we have carried out a series of arrests helping to make Westminster a safer borough for people to live and work in.

“We are strong in our resolve to reduce the drug activity and the violence that is associated with it. Together with the local authority and partner agencies we will continue to do all that we can to divert young people away from a life of crime.

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“I personally would like to thank the local community for supporting us with our efforts in disrupting and dismantling criminal activity in Westminster, however we are not complacent and still require their help and support in the coming weeks and months.

“We would encourage anyone with any information about ongoing criminal activity within the borough to come forward and speak to us. Any information provided will be treated in the strictest of confidence.”

Anyone with any information that could assist officers with their continued efforts in tackling drug crime is asked to contact police on 020 7321 7557 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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