Raids In Brent To Tackle Gangs And Drugs

23rd June 2016

Officers from the Trident and Gang Crime Command, along with local borough officers and the Territorial Support Group have this morning carried out a number of raids in the Brent area as part of an intelligence-led proactive operation to tackle gangs and drugs supply.

Police today, Thursday, 23 June, visited a total of 12 addresses across the borough and arrested nine men on suspicion of drugs offences and one for possession of a TASER.

A TASER and a quantity of drugs were recovered.

Today's raids were part of a wider anti-gang operation targeting gang nominals in Brent and Hackney. Yesterday in Hackney, seven individuals (six men and one woman) were arrested for drug supply offences. A previous arrest day on Wednesday, 11 May saw six men arrested in Hackney.

Those arrested this morning have been taken to police stations in North London where they remain in custody.

Detective Superintendent Tim Champion, from the Met's Trident and Gang Crime Command, said: "Reducing gang violence is a Met priority. Gang-related drug dealing ruins lives for those that are directly involved, like dealers and users. It also leaves local communities scarred by crimes and the anti-social behaviour that is an inevitable consequence of the dealing.

Today's operation is the result of months of activity to reduce gang violence and remove gang related drug dealers from the streets of Brent, to improve the environment for the local community.

Chief Superintendent Mick Gallagher, Borough commander for Brent, said: "I would like to thank the local residents and businesses affected by the street drug dealing in this area for their continued support.

"The local community understand the challenges; they have been totally behind us and we will continue to work closely with our partners, other agencies and community members to make the area safer and help those who want to get out of a life of crime."

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