Following a number of warrants being executed earlier this morning (Wednesday 27 May), 17-people have been arrested for drugs supply offences across Tower Hamlets.
Officers arrested 13 males and one female on suspicion of drugs offences, while a further three males were arrested on suspicion of breach of the peace, possession with intent to supply cannabis and possession with intent to supply class A drugs.
During the operation, approximately £20,000 in cash and what are believed to be class A drugs and cannabis were found.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “We know that crime continues to be a concern for our residents, which is why we conduct these partnership operations.
“Although we have seen a reduction in crime during lockdown, some individuals are intent on breaking the law and continue to blight our community with drug dealing and taking.
“We will continue to work with police to conduct these operations and disrupt local drug markets.”
Detective Inspector Sean Lyons, from the Metropolitan Police, said: “Even during the Coronavirus public health crisis, criminals seem to think that they can continue to peddle drugs in our communities and get away with it. In order to prove them wrong we have been out again to make arrests and confiscate drugs and any ill-gotten gains.
“Operation Continuum remains a very successful investigation, and we will keep making arrests as long as people believe they can get away with breaking the law.”
Operation Continuum was established in Tower Hamlets to crack down on drug dealing and make neighbourhoods cleaner and safer. It is a partnership operation with the council, the Metropolitan Police and local housing associations.
All Operation Continuum warrants so far this year have been supported by officers from the local Basic Command Unit (BCU), Taskforce Command and local Gangs Taskforce as well as officers from the Met’s Dog Unit.
Anyone who has any information of drug dealing is asked to call police on 101 or report it online.
If you do not want to report a crime to police, you can do so anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Posted on Wednesday 27th May 2020