Met Police carried out dawn raids in Lambeth on April Fool’s Day and have arrested 17 men in an operation against drug dealing.
Officers from the Trident and Area Crime Command, the Pan London Taskforce and Lambeth Borough executed 27 warrants.
Seventeen men aged between 14 and 29 were arrested for offences including possession with intent to supply and plotting to supply class A and class B drugs.
One kilo of cannabis, 250 grams of cocaine, and about 30 grams of heroin and a quantity of ecstasy tablets have been seized.
A pistol was also recovered from one of the addresses, along with three rounds of ammunition and about £6,000 in cash.
Acting Detective Chief Inspector John Harnwell of Trident and Area Crime Command, said:
Over the past six months we have been working closely with local officers in Lambeth to target gang members, gaining evidence of their criminal activities.
Today’s action is part of our fight against gangs and the associated criminality which ruins people’s lives and blights local communities.
Our message is clear: if you’re involved in gang culture and want to exit this lifestyle, we will support you in this process. Otherwise, you will be targeted by us and brought before the courts.
Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Wood, Lambeth Borough Commander, said:
Drug dealing and the violence which accompanies it creates a culture of fear for those living and working in the area. We are not complacent – this is an ongoing operation – but today’s results, which have seen drugs and drug dealers being taken off the streets of Lambeth, should go some way to improving the lives of everyone in the area.
Officers from the local Neighbourhood Policing Teams have been carrying out additional patrols in the Clapham Park Estate area and neighbouring wards.