Following a number of warrants being executed earlier this morning (Thursday, 12 March), 14-people have been arrested for drugs supply offences across Tower Hamlets.
Following a six-month investigation by the Tower Hamlets Gangs Taskforce, the warrants were part of Operation Continuum – an ongoing partnership operation between police, Tower Hamlets Council and local housing associations to arrest those involved in the supply of Class A and B drugs.
Large quantities of Class A drugs and cash have been seized by police.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “We know that our residents are concerned about crime, especially drug dealing and taking, which is why we conduct these partnership operations to disrupt local drug markets.
“I am committed to making Tower Hamlets a safer borough, and with the police we will continue to conduct these operations, targeting those intent on breaking the law.”
Detective Superintendent Mike Hamer, the Gold Commander for the operation, said: “Over the past two years we have been working tirelessly with Tower Hamlets Council and partners on Operation Continuum, in order to arrest and prosecute those involved in the peddling of drugs in our community.
“The sale of drugs in London is intrinsically linked to the violence that we have seen play out on our streets and by putting drug dealers behind bars, we hope to see the violence reduce.”
A total of 20 warrants were executed around the Mile End area.
Officers from the local Basic Command Unit (BCU), Taskforce Command and local Gangs Taskforce were all involved in the morning warrants. They were supported by officers from the Met’s Dogs Unit.
Det Supt Hamer, added: “Local high visibility patrols will be taking place across the affected areas following this morning’s arrests and officers will be engaging with local residents and businesses to answer any questions and provide reassurances.”
All those arrested were taken in custody to east London police stations.
To support vulnerable individuals with substance misuse issues who may be affected by this morning’s warrants, Tower Hamlets Council have placed a mobile community safety van near Mile End tube station. Together with outreach workers from Safe East, the council are in the area to help individuals access support services and listen to any local concerns.
Posted on Thursday 12th March 2020