May 18 2011 By David Baker
HUNDREDS of police officers descended on a dozen properties in Brent this morning to carry out dawn raids as part of a major crackdown on class A drug dealing.
More than 200 cops swooped in on 11 homes in the South Kilburn Estate and one in Sudbury where they seized a haul of heroin, cocaine, crack and cash.
Having spent as long as five months gathering intelligence on the drug culture around the estate Brent police and TSG (Territorial Support Group) officers acted on the concerns of residents by hitting the properties in one go.
At Fielding House on the Kilburn estate more than a dozen officers made their way up 10 flights of stairs before smashing through the door of a cramped one bed flat with a battering ram, where they found wraps of crack cocaine and a crack pipe ready to be used beside the bed.
Elsewhere in the estate properties in Carlton House, Windrush Road, Nelson Close, Glenfall Road, Stuart Road, Stafford Road and Kilburn Road were also raided in the early hours of the morning while a house in Fernbank Avenue, in Sudbury, was targeted in the large scale operation too.
In total officers recovered around 120 wraps of crack cocaine, an ounce of heroin, an ounce of cocaine and a large quantity of cash – with searches in one property revealing a stash of more than £7,000 tucked inside a shoe box.
Borough Commander, Superintendent Matthew Gardner, said it was a resounding success for the police in Brent and that the raids sent out a clear message to drug dealers that their criminality will not be tolerated.
He said: “It would be naïve for us not to recognise that this area does have an issue with drug dealing and that was made clear to us when we have gone in to the community and listened to people's concerns.
“If I was a parent there I certainly would not want to have to worry about my children playing football in the streets or walking to school because of fears that they would be approached by a pedaller on their corner, it's not on.
“Drugs are a scourge on any community and in many cases it is the crimes that go alongside drugs that make other people's lives hell.
“These raids, which were very successful, show that we will not tolerate that and that we will listen and respond to the concerns of our residents.”
As a result of the raids 14 arrests were made for a range of offences including possession of class A drugs, possession with intent to supply, handling of stolen goods and one for a recall to prison.
At the time of going to press no charges had been made.