Wake up call for drug dealers

Drugs raid

Six months of investigations into drug dealing in Stepney, Mile End and Bow have resulted in 39 arrests last week following dawn raids at 17 properties in Tower Hamlets.

Large quantities of Class A drugs were confiscated, £6,500 cash was seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act and knives, suspected to be weapons, were removed.

This is the eighth raid to have taken place as part of Operation Continuum – an ongoing partnership between the police and the council to tackle drug dealing.

Over the last year, 345 drug dealers have been taken off the streets and 140 properties have been raided.

The targeted raids in Bow were based on information passed to the council and police by residents and community groups through their local safer neighbourhood teams.

 John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said:

“Our partnership work with the police is helping to remove criminals from our streets by disrupting the drugs market they depend on.

“We have invested in additional police officers to offset cuts to the police’s budget and provide reassurance to our residents. We’re supporting the victims of dealers by offering high quality drugs treatment services and we’re stopping vehicle based dealing by seizing drug dealers’ cars.”

Detective Superintendent Mike Hamer said:

“This is our eighth partnership operation with the council to stamp out drug dealing for our residents. This time it was based in Stepney, Mile End and Bow based on vital intelligence from the community.  

“I am pleased we have been able to arrest a further swathe of drug dealers and we know that this will disrupt the local supply of heroin and crack cocaine in these areas. We will continue to listen to and act upon our residents’ concerns.”

Council funded police and council enforcement officers (THEOs) also teamed up to conduct eight weapons sweeps in the area. Their drugs sniffer dog, George, helped recover large quantities of cannabis and Class A drugs from parks and green public spaces. 

The officers stopped and searched three vehicles suspected of drug dealing and issued a warning to the owner of a vehicle for dangerous driving.

Six people were referred into drug treatment services, some of the best in London and 95 businesses and traders were given orders to improve their disposal of commercial waste.

Information on local safer neighbourhood teams can be found on the council's website.

Posted on Thursday 30th May 2019