28 arrested as Met tackles organised crime in west London

Twenty-eight men have been arrested in a Met Police crackdown on organised crime.

The Met say they were responding to community concerns about drug dealing and associated crimes, such as antisocial behaviour, in West Drayton, Cowley and Uxbridge.

The arrests were made over seven weeks from 9th February to 31st March this year.

Specialist officers led a targeted operation, focusing on disrupting two prominent drug dealing lines. During the investigation officers employed strategic tactics, such as regular patrols through areas with high levels of reported crimes and thorough searches of criminal databases to disrupt the distribution of Class A drugs.

In a proactive effort, local west London officers worked alongside specialist officers who provided real-time intelligence on criminal activities. This collaborative effort within the Met highlights the use of intelligence-led policing to combat criminal activities to keep Londoners safe.

Sergeant Matthew Catlin responsible for the investigation said: “Drugs ruin lives and the ramifications that often play out and are felt by communities, where anti-social behaviour and violence impact innocent people.

“Our focus is dismantling these criminal networks piece by piece, ensuring that those involved in drug dealing and related crimes are brought to justice.

“We are committed to making London a safer place for residents by tackling drug crime at its root.”

During the operation, vulnerable drug users were also identified in the local area and officers provided them with specialist support, signposting them to health and rehabilitation services. Senior officers thanked operational leads for their empathy and compassion towards those supported.

The efforts of Met officers resulted in the seizure of £3,000 worth of Class A and B drugs and £10,000 in cash during the operation.

Seven men been charged with offences in relation to this operation.

This article was published by the Metropolitan Police Service on 20/05/2024 and can be viewed at https://news.met.police.uk/news/met-officers-lead-fight-against-organised-crime-in-west-london-arresting-28-men-484066


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