Ten people have been arrested in a proactive operation tacking gang violence and drug supply in north and east London.
The arrests were made during early morning raids this morning (Thursday, 23 July) under Operation Detroit. Drugs, cash and other evidence was seized during the simultaneous warrants across 15 addresses in Hackney and Haringey. A firearms search warrant was executed at an address in Hertfordshire, with the assistance of Herts firearms officers.
A total of nine men and one woman, aged between 19 and 29, were arrested on suspicion of a range of offences including conspiracy to murder, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, and conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
The warrants follow a year-long investigation into drug supply and associated violent crime in the Hackney area. In the last 12 months there have been a number of shootings in Hackney, with gang rivalry believed to be behind them.
Detective Inspector Matthew Webb, who led the operation, said: “Today’s operation is a significant phase of what has been a complex investigation into a series of shootings and other violent incidents in east London since last year, all linked to local gang tensions.
“In one of these shootings in March, an Uzi sub-machine gun was fired. Thankfully the use of automatic weapons on the streets on London is rare but this demonstrates how dangerous and reckless the people behind these incidents are.
“My message to anyone affiliated with a gang who carries firearms and other lethal weapons is clear – you do not own the streets, and you are not above the law. Officers across London work day and night investigating the violent crime that blights London, using a variety of methods to bring to justice dangerous people who cause misery and fear in communities.”
Officers from the Territorial Support Group (TSG), Dog Support Unit and POLSA search teams supported today’s operation.
There will be an increased police presence and reassurance patrols in the areas where the raids took place throughout the day.