Eight arrested in mass drug raids in Kent and London

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Police have arrested eight individuals, following an intelligence-led operation targeting drug-related violence in south London. 

The arrests, which took place in the early hours of Wednesday, 27 November, follow an ongoing investigation into organised criminality in south London.

Warrants were executed at a total of 15 addresses; seven in Lewisham, one in Greenwich, one in Bromley and four addresses in Kent.

Eight men – aged between 19 and 40 years old – have been arrested for numerous offences including possession of a firearm, conspiracy to supply Class B drugs, possession with intent to supply Class A and B drugs, cultivation of cannabis and possession of criminal property following the seizure of large amounts of high value property and cash.

In addition to the arrests, a number of items were seized, including a stun gun, CS gas, eight kilos of cannabis, one kilo of Class A drugs, four firearms and component parts, three imitation firearms and a vast number of lock and hunting knives.

More than 200 officers took part in this morning’s activity, led by officers from the South East Basic Command Unit (SE BCU) and the Territorial Support Group (TSG).

Detective Superintendent Andy Furphy from SE BCU, said: “This operation demonstrates the Met’s commitment to target and take robust action against those involved in drug related violence. The efforts of all the officers and staff involved will make the communities of south east London safer.

“I would urge anyone with information about individuals engaged in drug dealing to contact police, either via 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

The warrants were executed at properties at the following addresses:

– Arnulf Street, SE6 (three properties)
– Mapleton Road, Westerham
– Oslac Road, SE6
– Swallands Road, SE6
– Mill Place, Dartford
– Grangemill Road, SE6
– Norman Road, SE1
– Sevenoaks Road, SE4
– Thornford Road, SE13
– Overbury Avenue, Beckenham
– Gala Avenue, Swanley
– Fairwater Avenue, Bexley
– Main Road, Sevenoaks