London crime: Arrests after 275 officers raid 10 Croydon houses to disrupt drugs supply 

Seven arrests have been made after 275 officers carried out a number of early morning raids across Croydon.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police South Area Command Unit, firearms officers, the Territorial Support Group and dog units carried out warrants at 10 properties in the New Addington area on Friday (July 23).

Seven people have been arrested, predominantly on suspicion of offences relating to possession with intent to supply class A and class B drugs.

Quantities of drugs have also been recovered along with two knives.

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The suspects remain in custody at South London police stations.

The warrants were executed using “ongoing intelligence” to identify individuals and venues used for drug dealing.

Detective inspector Claire Christmas, from the South Area Command Unit, said the “misery” that drugs bring “will not be tolerated”.

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She added: “Drug dealing and the associated criminality that accompanies it brings misery to communities. This robust morning of action is just a small part of our ongoing work to tackle such criminality and ensure those responsible are taken off the streets.

“Drug dealers often target vulnerable members of society, using the threat of intimidation and violence to coerce them into doing their bidding.

“The misery this brings to individuals, their families and the wider community will not be tolerated and I hope this morning’s activity sends out a strong message – those who engage in this type of criminality will be identified, arrested and made to face the consequences of their actions.”

Croydon Police tweeted on Friday to apologise for any disturbance caused by the noise of the raids.

It said: “At this time officers are on scene dealing with multiple warrants being executed as part of a large-scale policing operation.

“We apologise for any disturbance caused, as the operation develops, we will keep you updated on the results.”

It follows a series of National Crime Agency raids on Tuesday (July 20) across Croydon and Purley as part of an operation to break a people smuggling gang.

Do you have information about drug 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.

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