Dame Cressida Dick, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, joined more than 100 officers in the early hours yesterday morning (16 February) as they executed warrants targeting serious and organised crime in West Drayton, Chelmsford, Dagenham and Brentwood.
In West Drayton, a 43-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to possess a firearm without certificate, conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (cocaine), possession with intent to supply cocaine and possession of criminal property.
In total, four men were arrested for various offences, including conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and conspiracy to possess a firearm.
Detective Chief Inspector Driss Hayoukane QPM, of Specialist Crime, said: “The four men we arrested early this morning are very dangerous individuals who are engaged in organised criminality and drug dealing which drives violence across London.
“This is truly a whole Met effort with officers from various teams coming together to focus on the Met’s priority, tackling violence. The investigations aim to cut violence at the very source and we know serious violence in London has reduced and it is thanks to operations such as this.”
The four arrests are being treated as separate investigations targeting the wholesale supply of drugs, firearms and associated criminality. Officers continue to crack down on hundreds of offenders who had previously thought they were untouchable.