Officers from Kent Police have arrested 15 people and seized a significant haul of Class A drugs as part of a series of raids targeting gangs operating in Kent.
Warrants were executed at 11 addresses in Folkestone, Ashford, Gravesend, Margate and Sheppey on Monday 23 June following intelligence gathered about drug supply networks across the county.
There are known gang members travelling from London into the county and are suspected to be involved in criminality.
Officers seized quantities of Class A drugs, believed to be heroin, cocaine and cannabis, as well as a significant haul of cash.
Following the raids, a second wave of police activity was carried out, which included working with the British Transport Police on the railway networks and monitoring the countyâ€™s roads with the assistance of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) systems.
Superintendent Andrea Bishop of Kent Police, who co-ordinated the activity on the day, said: â€˜Our priority is to cut crime, disrupt and arrest known or suspected gang members who are travelling into the county or are established in Kent and are intent on committing a broad range of criminality.
â€˜We have used various means of intelligence including ANPR and have worked closely with partner agencies and other forces, such as British Transport Police and Metropolitan Police, sharing expertise and resources to have maximum impact. A member of the Metropolitan Policeâ€™s Trident Independent Advisory Group was also available to provide advice and guidance.
â€˜Many of these groups are organised and their activity can damage individuals, communities and businesses.
â€˜Kent Police, together with our police colleagues from other forces, will continue to take a zero tolerance approach to drug dealing and gang-related crime that has an impact on our streets.â€™