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Nine arrests following drugs raids in Hounslow

News   •   Nov 09, 2016 12:37 GMT

Nine people have been arrested this morning, Wednesday, 9 November during dawn raids in Hounslow borough as part of an intelligence-led operation to combat drugs.

'Operation Volturnus' was launched on Thursday, 29 September to target suspects involved in the distribution of drugs in Hounslow.

There have already been 45 arrests made during Operation Volturnus and a significant amount of controlled drugs and cash seized.

During the course of this morning’s initiative, 11 search warrants were executed at addresses in Hounslow and Feltham area, various drugs seized and nine arrests made.

The nine suspects, all men were arrested on suspicion of a variety of offences, including possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, possession with intent to supply Class B drugs and assault police. One cannabis warning was also issued.

The suspects currently remain in custody at London police stations.

Today’s arrests saw approximately 100 officers deployed which included borough officers and officers from specialist units.

Chief Inspector Wayne Matthews, Safer Neighbourhoods lead for Hounslow Borough, said: "We will continue to work with the community and our partners to make Hounslow safer. 

We carried out this operation today because local people don’t want crime or drugs in their communities. Residents are affected by the violence and associated criminality that accompanies drug dealing. Drug dealing is never victimless and its impact can ruin lives, we will not give up the fight against crime."