Cops seize guns and drugs in dawn raids on 12 premises

POLICE have carried out raids across East London to bust a network of gun-running and hard drugs selling. Officers from Scotland Yard’s Specialist Crime Directorate carried out the dawn operation following weeks of surveillance and arrested 14 people

POLICE have carried out raids across East London and part of Essex to bust a network of gun-running and hard drugs selling.

Officers from Scotland Yard’s Specialist Crime Directorate carried out the dawn operation with the Met’s Waltham Forest division and Essex police, following weeks of surveillance.

They arrested 14 people after searching 12 premises in Chingford and Epping from 6am who remain in custody at East London police stations this afternoon.

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Waltham Forest borough police Commander Mark Benbow said: “The activities of gangs responsible for buying and selling hard drugs relied on weapons. It was essential to arrest those believed to be involved.

“Today’s raids will have a significant impact on the supply of Class A drugs and act as a warning to anyone attempting to live outside of the law.”

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