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43 arrests after raids linked to drugs supply in east London

News   •   Oct 11, 2019 05:30 BST

[Officers entering an address - Op Linstock]

Dawn raids at multiple addresses across east London addresses have resulted in police seizing weapons and drugs.

The early-morning operations took place on Wednesday, 9 and Thursday, 10 October and targeted individuals known to be dealing drugs in the local area.

The warrants resulted in the arrest of 43 suspects and searches being conducted at 50 properties across Ilford, Dagenham, Havering and east London.

The suspects were arrested on suspicion of various crimes including possession of a firearm, possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply, and supply of Class A drugs.

Nineteen have since been charged with drug related offences.

Officers seized a significant number of mobile phones, cash, a variety of drugs, documentation and weapons.

The activity, codenamed Operation Linstock, has been ongoing for a number of months with evidence against key suspects having been gathered to support the investigations before the arrests were made.

Detective Superintendent Jamie Piscopo of the Met’s East Area Command Unit said: “We work night and day to identify and pursue offenders who bring and commit crime that blights law abiding communities.

“While we continue to seek reductions in violence as a priority, the associated crime that goes with the supply and use of drugs can seriously affect the standard of living for the people living and working in a particular area and the operational activity in the last two days is a response to those concerns.

“Of course, there isn’t a single action that can eradicate the trade in illegal drugs completely from a particular area, but we can, and will, continue to disrupt and apprehend those trading in misery in Redbridge.”

Police continue to work with borough partners to reduce the negative effects of drug dealing for those who live, work and are raising families in Redbridge.

Do you know about someone who is dealing drugs, carrying a knife, or is exploiting children by involving them in crime? If you have information that could help keep your community safe, but don’t want to speak to police, please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They do not ask your name and cannot trace your call or I.P address.

Any young people who have either information about drug dealing or violence, can visit www.fearless.org where they can pass on information anonymously – your I.P address will not be traced. Fearless is part of the Crimestoppers charity, and is also independent of the police.