Twenty-seven arrested, drugs and tasers seized in Tower Hamlets dawn raids

Dawn raids in Tower Hamlets. Pic: Metropolitan Police

More than 25 people have been arrested following police raids in a crackdown on organised crime in Tower Hamlets on Wednesday morning.

More than 150 officers from across the Met were involved in the operation which saw 30 search warrants executed simultaneously at addresses across the borough and in East London.

Police seized heroin and crack cocaine, weapons, two tasers, £20,000 cash and a car.

Two tasers were discovered. Pic: Metropolitan Police

Police have carried out the series of dawn raids as part of an operation to crackdown on violence and drug dealing in the borough.

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Hamer, of the Tower Hamlets Gangs and Offender Management Unit, said: “These arrests for drug dealing are particularly pleasing and demonstrate our commitment to deal robustly with those who supply drugs within the local community.”

“Through our understanding of criminal behaviour and from what our residents tell us, we know the impact street-based drug dealing has.”

A car was seized in one of the 30 search warrants. Pic: Metropolitan Police

The 26 men and one woman arrested were taken into custody across East London, where they remain.

They were arrested on suspicion of a variety of offences relating to drug supply within Tower Hamlets.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: “This operation is part of our ongoing work to tackle the scourge of drug dealing on our streets.”

“The safety of our residents is a priority, and we will continue to use our collective powers to disrupt drugs markets and prevent the criminal behaviour associated with drugs and drug use.”

“We will continue to do everything we can to fight drug dealing on our streets.”

Tower Hamlets Council has invested more than £7 million this year alone to tackle substance misuse in the borough.

Scotland Yard said that 22 men had later been charged with drugs supply offences.

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