Oct 11 2012 by Hannah Bewley, Harrow Observer
A STRING of drug raids across Brent resulted in arrests and the seizure of thousands of pounds in cash and illegal substances.
Officers from the Met Police’s Trident Central Gangs Unit worked with officers from Brent and Westminster Gangs Unit during a week of action to target gangs, which started on Monday, September 24.
A total of 13 search warrants were executed in Brent and 15 arrests were made for possession of cannabis, possession with intent to supply, possession of class A drugs, GBH and burglary.
One penalty notice for disorder was issued and four cannabis warnings issued.
One search resulted in the recovery of about £25,000 worth of class A crack, heroin and cannabis, as well as £12,000 in cash.
Weapon sweeps were carried out in Hirst Crescent and South Kilburn Estate and a number of weapons were recovered, including a hammer, poles, screwdrivers and an imitation firearm.
Automatic number plate recognition operations took place in Dudden Hill Lane, Church Road, East Lane and Watford Road. Five cars were seized and 53 stop and searches were carried out.
Officers also gave a presentation about gang crime in schools.
Brent Borough Commander Matthew Gardner said: “Over the past two months, Brent police, Trident officers and partners have worked together on several fronts.
“We have targeted known gang members robustly through proactive stops, arrests, and the execution of warrants. We have made arrests for drugs and other offences, seized thousands of pounds of cash and drugs, and recovered a number of weapons.
“We have balanced this relentless pursuit of gang members with exit strategies to entice young people away from gangs, working with our partners to help prevent young people from getting involved in gangs in the first place.”