Seven people arrested in Hackney drug raid this week.
Six men and one woman were arrested for possession with intent to supply class A drugs. During these raids a “zombie killer” knife with serrated edges and a “robbery kit” containing a knife, black balaclava and gloves were found. Those arrested have been held in custody in a prison in North London.
The raids were carried out by officers from the Trident and Gang Crime Command, Local office boroughs and the Territorial Support Group, as part a wider anti-gang operation in Brent and Hackney.
It is evident that “gangs are intrinsically linked to drug distribution”, targeting gangs is a gateway for the Metropolitan police in tackling the drugs market.
Detective Superintendent Tim Champion, from the Met’s Trident and Gang Crime Command, said: “Reducing gang violence is a Met priority. Gang-related drug dealing ruins lives for those that are directly involved, like dealers and users. It also leaves local communities scarred by crimes and the anti-social behaviour that is an inevitable consequence of the dealing.”