Police crackdown on South West London drugs gangs with series of dawn raids


The leader of the London Crime Squad issued a strong warning.


By Douglas Patient

High-ranking police officers have issued a defiant message against gangs after dawn drug raids in South West London yesterday.

Drug dealing gang members were targeted at addresses in Merton, Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth early on Thursday morning.

Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Laurence, who leads the MPS London Crime Squad, issued a strong statement yesterday on the success of the operation, warning they would continue to act with an iron fist.

“Today’s operation demonstrates how the London Crime Squad will work across boundaries in order to arrest criminals who cause harm in their communities, through drug dealing and gang-related criminal activity,” he said.

“We are committed to tackling violence and the supply of drugs on our streets.”

The raids, within Operation Burney, involved 350 officers led by the MPS LCS. 26 people have been arrested so far.

Metropolitan Police confirmed a number of arrests for conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin. A quantity of drugs and cash has been seized.

Chief Superintendent Darren Williams, Merton Borough Commander, said yesterday that he was adamant they will continue to act strongly against gangs to disrupt their network.

“Today’s results show how our resources are being deployed across the borough to disrupt those involved in gang crime and make a dent in their network,” he said.

“We will continue to take robust action against gang related activity.”

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