Eight more people have been arrested today (Wednesday 11 June) by Kent Police during another round of early morning warrants in West Kent.
The raids come a day after approximately 200 officers carried out a series of co-ordinated dawn searches in and around the Tunbridge Wells area as well as at properties in Gravesend, Sutton and Enfield.
The latest warrants mean a total of 29 addresses have been searched and 24 people have been arrested over the two days. In addition, quantities of cash, jewellery, an imitation firearm and several cars have been seized by officers. A quantity of what detectives believe to be class A drugs has also been recovered.
Deputy Chief Constable of Kent Police Paul Brandon said: â€˜These pre-planned warrants come as a result of a long-standing and complex investigation by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate into the supply of class A drugs in the county.
â€˜Detectives identified a sophisticated crime group and the warrants over the two days have disrupted the trafficking and supply of drugs destined for the streets of Kent and possibly further afield.
â€˜The message is clear â€“ drugs will not be tolerated and crime does not pay.â€™
Chief Inspector Dave Pate, District Commander for Tunbridge Wells, said: â€˜I want to stress that the local police and our partners are here for the long haul.
â€˜These raids may have been carried out in the space of two days but the knock-on effects will be far-reaching and will have a positive impact on the quality of life for the people of Kent for many months to come.
â€˜Local policing will play a pivotal role in reassuring residents of Tunbridge Wells that it is a safe place to live and work. The positive impact an operation like this can have on our communities is huge and I hope it clearly demonstrates how committed we are to dealing with drug crime and providing a first class service to the people of Kent.â€™