Two women and three men were arrested in Hackney in the early hours of Tuesday morning on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
During a morning raid on a property in an undisclosed location in the borough police recovered fifty rocks of crack cocaine, a large amount of cannabis, drugs paraphernalia and more than £2,500 in cash.
The arrests were made as part of Operation Jakelwood, a covert operation run by Operation Bantam, the Metropolitan Police’s Proactive response campaign to gun and gang crime in Hackney. The operation has been running over the past nine months.
Police suspect that the five Hackney suspects are part of a wider criminal network. Arrests were also made in other London boroughs and one arrest was made in East Sussex as part of the operation.
Acting Superintendent Jackie Sebire, of Hackney’s CID, said: “This operation has been a real team Met effort and is a further example of how the police coupled with Hackney Council will not tolerate criminal gangs. We will respond with a myriad of tactics to effectively target and disrupt those involved. “
All seven arrested remain in custody at east London police stations.