Drugs raids took place at 30 addresses in east London at dawn this morning including addresses in Fairclough Street, Whitechapel and Jamaica Street, Stepney.
150 police officers took part in the raids during which £20k in cash, two tasers, various other weapons and a car were seized as well as a quantity of class A drugs.
26 arrested for variety of offences
A total of 26 men and one woman were arrested on suspicion of a variety of offences relating to drug supply within Tower Hamlets. All were taken into custody across east London, where they remain.
“Through our understanding of criminal behaviour and from what our residents tell us, we know the impact street based drug dealing has,” said Detective Chief Inspector Mike Hamer commanding the Tower Hamlets Gangs and Offender Management Unit.
Dealing robustly with drug dealers
“These arrests for drug dealing are particularly pleasing and demonstrate our commitment to deal robustly with those who supply drugs within the local community.”
The raids were part of an intelligence-led operation to crackdown on the supply of drugs, violence and associated criminal and anti-social behaviour (ASB).
Disrupting drug markets
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: “The safety of our residents is a priority, and we will continue to use our collective powers to disrupt drugs markets and prevent the criminal behaviour associated with drugs and drug use.
The council has invested £7.3m in services this year to tackle substance misuse in the borough.
Public Health England estimate that each £1 spent on drug treatment will save £2.50 on health, housing and social costs.
Anyone with any information about criminality in their area should speak to their local Safer Neighbourhoods police team or to give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.