Dame Cressida Dick, Commissioner of the Met, walked solemnly behind officers as they theatrically kicked in a front door screaming “police!!” This is believed to be her final public relation press raid for the recently resigned Dick.
She joined more than 100 officers in the early hours of this morning as they executed warrants targeting serious and organised crime.
Four men were arrested for offences including conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and conspiracy to possess a firearm.
Detective Chief Inspector Driss Hayoukane QPM, of Specialist Crime, said: “The four men we arrested early this morning are very dangerous individuals who are engaged in organised criminality and drug dealing which drives violence across London.
“This is truly a whole Met effort with officers from various teams coming together to focus on the Met’s priority, tackling violence. The investigations aim to cut violence at the very source and we know serious violence in London has reduced and it is thanks to operations such as this.”
Officers attended briefings at 04:00hrs on Wednesday, 16 February and executed the warrants at six properties at 04:30hrs.
The four arrests are being treated as separate investigations targeting the wholesale supply of drugs, firearms and associated criminality.
Officers continue to crack down on hundreds of offenders who had previously thought they were untouchable.
More than 100 officers and staff were involved in this morning’s efforts and inside the properties Class A drugs, large quantities of cash (around £15,000), offensive weapons and designer jewellery – including Rolex watches and Cartier bangles – were seized.
Freezing orders were also obtained for some of the individuals’ accounts and property.
The addresses targeted by officers were in the following locations:
– West Drayton
Breakdown of arrests:
[A] A 31-year-old man from Chelmsford was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, namely cocaine and possession of an offensive weapon, two lock knives and a machete.
[B] A 43-year-old man from West Drayton was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to possess a firearm without certificate, conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (cocaine), possession with intent to supply cocaine and possession of criminal property.
[C] A 32-year-old man from Dagenham was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (cocaine).
[D] A 32-year-old man from Brentwood was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, (100kg of cocaine) and conspiracy to supply Class B drugs (ketamine).
They all remain in police custody while investigations continue.