Hackney Police seize drug caches as part of Operation Yamata

Drugs found. Pic: Hackney Police

Police seized more than £15,000 of cash, MDMA, almost 70g of cocaine and 11g of ketamine from three addresses in Hackney on October 10.

Three men were arrested, two 25-year-olds and a 58-year-old were sent to prison and are being held on remand, according to police carrying out Operation Yamata.

The police launched “Operation Yamata” last year. They claimed the new strategy used “the latest developments in data analytics to precisely target the drugs trade…to better understand the demands it faces – taking drugs and stolen goods off the street”

Detective Inspector Sam Bennett said: “The Yamata teams work tirelessly every week to pursue the holders of drug lines across London. They will use a wide array of tactics to ensure that those who are controlling the local drugs market are brought before the courts.”

Earlier this month, police seized more than £30,000 worth of drugs, including crack and cocaine, after eight men were arrested by a patrol on a Hackney estate.

According to Homerton Safer Neighbourhoods team, council enforcement officers carried out a raid on the Frampton Park estate after residents reported gang-related activities and complaints that women felt unsafe.

During the search, officers found 18 shotgun shells, a 150cm machete and four large bags of crack cocaine.

Sergeant Mo Uddin said: “The continued seizure of drugs and weapons will make our neighbourhoods safer.”

“In partnership with the council we are tackling crime, ASB, and taking action on concerns raised by the local community in the Homerton sector,” he said.

“We hope some of the positive results detailed here provide reassurance to our residents and we intend for this work to continue,” he added.

Small quantities of cannabis, a grinder, an e-scooter, an e-bike and two pedal bikes were also seized.

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