Police in Tower Hamlets today carried out a series of dawn raids as part of an intelligence-led, phased operation to crackdown on the supply of drugs, violence and associated criminal and anti-social behaviour.
This morning’s operation saw 20 search warrants executed simultaneously at addresses across the borough and in east London. Along with 14 arrests, officers seized around £6,000 in cash and 200 wraps of suspected Class A drugs from two of the venues.
All those arrested were taken into custody across east London, where they remain.
The activity is the latest activity under Operation Continuum: an intelligence-led, phased operation established in response to ongoing reports of drug dealing, drug use and associated criminality in Tower Hamlets and Hackney. This morning’s raids mark another successful day of action for the ongoing efforts to supress drugs supply and violence in Central East BCU.
Since March this year, Operation Continuum has resulted in 85 arrests and over 150 drug-related charges.
All Operation Continuum warrants this year have been supported by officers from the local Central East Basic Command Unit, Taskforce Command and local Gangs Taskforce, as well as officers from the Met’s Dog Unit.
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 work with police partners to disrupt local drug markets.
“I am pleased to see that our community safety operations have continued throughout Covid, and that Operation Continuum is helping to make Tower Hamlets a safer borough.
“We will continue to work with the police to target those intent on breaking the law.”
Detective Superintendent Mike Hamer, the Gold Commander for the operation, said: “Operation Continuum has once again proven to be a highly successful investigation and is absolutely vital in supressing the supply of drugs within Tower Hamlets and surrounding areas.
“Working in partnership with the council to respond to the concerns of local communities is crucial in ensuring that the right support and intervention is in place to reduce offending.
“Drugs are inextricably linked to a high proportion of violent criminality, and we will therefore continue to target perpetrators; seeking to bring them to justice.”
Posted on Tuesday 20th October 2020