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Police arrest 14 and seize drugs and weapons in Queen’s Crescent gangs raid

Gang targeted by Met's gangs and violence suppression units

26 August, 2020 — By Bronwen Weatherby

Dawn raids on homes of local suspected drug dealers

FOURTEEN men were arrested along with a hoard of cash, drugs and weapons in an early morning raid on Queen’s Crescent today (Wednesday).

Officers descended on the neighbourhood from 4am after a seven-month-long investigation into one of Camden’s most prolific gangs, said to have been involved in serious violence in recent years.

The Central North Gangs Unit alongside firearms officers, the Territorial Support Group and the local Violence Suppression Unit executed a total of 19 search warrants.

The men arrested are aged between 18 and 57 years old, 11 of them are from Camden.  They are suspected of conspiracy to supply a class A drug, being concerned in the supply of a class A drug and possession of a class A drug with intent to supply.

Also seized was at least £4,000 in cash, shotgun shells, 9mm ammunition and class A drugs heroin and crack cocaine to the approximate estimated street value of £25,000. During further searches officers found a zombie knife and an axe.

Weapons and ammunition seized

Detective chief inspector Jodie Tuff said: “This morning’s warrants were the culmination of months of hard work by my officers investigating a local gang who have caused and continue to cause detrimental effects to the community.

“The arrests of these individuals, some of whom have caused serious harm, show that we have listened to the concerns of residents and will not tolerate drug dealing nor the violence it causes.

“I want to make it absolutely clear that information provided by our community was key to this operation.”

The Met Police has urged anyone who may have information about drug dealing or violence to contact the force.

For those not comfortable in speaking to the police, they are recommended to contact Crimestoppers.

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