Jan 24 2013 by Hannah Bewley, Harrow Observer
police operation trident
SUSPECTED gang members in Brent were arrested as part of an operation targeting violence throughout the borough.
Ten arrests had been during dawn raids by Brent Police and members of the UK-wide anti-gang crime force, Trident.
Two 17 and 18-year-olds were woken by police officers breaking in their doors at neighbouring family homes just after 6am on Wednesday morning in Stafford Road, Kilburn.
They were arrested on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs and grievous bodily harm, relating to an incident near the border of Westminster on Monday.
A quantity of crack cocaine and heroin was found at one address and cannabis was found at the other.
At other addresses, class A drugs, a quantity of cash and a cannabis factory were found.
Brent police and Trident officers visited 15 addresses in the South Kilburn Estate during Operation Grissino, part of Operation Dozza, to crack down on gang crime in the borough and across London.
They targeted gang members who had come to the attention of police through violent behaviour.
Detective Inspector Adrian Lewis said: “Operation Grissino targets high violence and high class drug dealing, it is an impact on crime and anti-social behaviour. Fifteen subjects were identified in the South Kilburn Gang and we believe they are dealing crack cocaine and heroin.”
Community meetings will be held in the coming days to reassure neighbours.
Mr Lewis added: “It is important that people are informed of what is happening on their estate. Pressure will be kept on and there will be aftershocks. These raids and arrests were part of a larger operation which is targeting other areas in Brent.”
Safer Neighbourhood Teams will provide reassurance to the community and carry out weapons sweeps.
The South Kilburn Gang have a historical rivalry with the Mozart gang which operates in Westminster and has been the source of serious violence in recent years.