Drug dealers charged following dawn raids

27 November 2015

New Scotland Yard

Sixteen people have been charged following a series of dawn raids which were carried out on Thursday 26 November.

The activity forms part of long term crackdown on drug dealing, violence and associated crime in the borough of Hillingdon

"Drugs are a known generator for violence, anti social behaviour and acquisitive crime"

Officers from Hillingdon, supported by 200 colleagues from across the Met, including the Territorial Support Group, Dog Support Unit, and Trident, took part in the co-coordinated raids which began at 4:45am.

The intelligence-led operation saw officers carry out a total of 20 search warrants in the areas of West Drayton, Hayes and Uxbridge. Sixteen people were arrested on suspicion of supplying class A drugs, including three women.

Items seized include quantities of class A and class B drugs, and approximately £10,000 in cash, which was seized at one address in Yiewsley.

Fourteen people will be appearing at Uxbridge Magistrates' court on Friday 27 November charged with supplying class A drugs. Two further individuals, who is also charged with the same offence, have been bailed pending further enquiries.

All are aged between 17-48 years-old.

Superintendent Max Williams said: "By targeting drug dealers we can make a real and long term difference in creating the safest environment for our communities. Drugs are a known generator for violence, anti social behaviour and acquisitive crime, and this cannot be ignored. Nobody should have to tolerate the annoyance of drug dealing in their area, and the fears and concerns it brings. This morning's intensive operation is indicative of our commitment to protecting the public, and listening to and acting on community concerns and intelligence. Our aim is to disrupt and dismantle crime, and remind those intent on dealing drugs that we will locate them and help eliminate the misery they inflict on our communities."

In the last two years, Police in Hillingdon have conducted three similar intelligence-led operations to target criminal activity in the borough resulting in investigations which have secured over 100 years in prison sentences being handed to those brought to justice.

In October 2013, 17 people were arrested following simultaneous raids at addresses in Hayes. Most of those charged were jailed for the supply of class A drugs.

In May 2014, officers carried out a series of raids at The Victoria Public house in North Hyde Road in Hayes and 14 residential addresses across West London. Subsequently seven people were charged in connection with drugs offences, theft and anti-social behaviour and handed jail terms. Following this investigation, evidence was presented to Hillingdon Council regarding routine drug dealing and violence at The Victoria. As a result the venue had it's licence revoked.

In July 2015, a series of dawn raids across the borough resulted in 20 individuals being brought before the courts, 15 of whom have received custodial sentences amounting to 41 years. Five further individuals are standing separate trials in due course.

Supt Williams continues: "Our drive to combat criminality is never stronger as we are continually moving forward in developing stronger and more effective tactics to stay one step ahead in our fight against crime. Positive change can only come from the voice of the community and I would like to thank those of you who have taken the time to speak out about crime, however big or small.

"Together with our partner agencies and the community, we are determined to stop offenders in their tracks and prevent another victim falling into their hands. Our message is clear; if you are intent on committing crime, you risk an early morning wake up call from our team and a future behind bars."