Fourteen people arrested in gang and drugs crack down in West Croydon and Broad Green
Police in Croydon have carried out a series of dawn raids this morning, Wednesday, 10 December as part of an operation led by the Metâ€™s Trident Gang Crime Command to tackle gang crime, drug dealing and anti-social behaviour in and around the West Croydon and Broad Green areas.
A total of fifteen warrants were executed from 04:45hrs in coordinated raids across Croydon, Lambeth, Sutton, Lewisham and Bromley.
There have been a total of 14 arrests (14 men aged between 14 – 37) so far for a range of drug offences, including Conspiracy to Supply Class A drugs, Conspiracy to supply Class B drugs, Supply Class A drugs, Supply Class B drugs, Offer to Supply Class A Drugs, Offer to Supply Class B Drugs, Concerned in Supply of Class A Drugs, Concerned in Supply Class B Drugs and Offer to Supply Class A Drugs.
Those arrested have all been taken to south London police stations, where they currently remain in police custody.
A large amount of cash, believed to be around Â£10,000 and a Mercedes and BMW were seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act by officers during the raids, which involved around 150 officers from across the Met, including officers from Croydon, Trident, the Territorial Support Group and City of London.
Warrants were executed at 11 addresses in Croydon – one in Cordrey Gardens, one in Sumner Road, one in Rigby Close, one in Heath Road, one in Stonecroft Way, one in Alton Road, one in Ridges Yard, one in Lodge Road, one in Beulah Hill, one in Lansdowne Road and one in Lower Addiscombe Road.
Two addresses in Lambeth – one in Bushell Close and one in Tankerville Road.
One addresses in Sutton – one in Mill Lane
One address in Bromley – one in Market Square
Those targeted today are all believed to be either gang members, involved in gangs or involved in the supply of drugs in and around the West Croydon and London Road area of Croydon.
The raids come on the back of several months of ongoing work by police, in partnership with Croydon Council to tackle drug dealing, gang crime and antisocial behaviour in the West Croydon, London Road and Broad Green areas.
Acting Borough Commander for Croydon, Superintendent Carron Schusler, said:
â€œThis operation has been ongoing for several months and comes on the back of concerns and complaints from the local community in the area about drugs and gangs.
â€œI hope that the residents and businesses understand why we havenâ€™t been able to communicate what weâ€™ve been doing to tackle this issue, and that todayâ€™s action shows that we are serious about tackling crime and drug dealing in and around London Road and West Croydon.
â€œThis certainly isnâ€™t the end of our activity and weâ€™ll be working closely with our partners and the local authority in the coming days, weeks and months to make sure that drug dealing and antisocial behaviour does not return to the area. I would also urge anyone from the local community to speak to my officers if they have any questions or concerns.â€
Acting Detective Inspector Guy Carmichael, Trident Central Gangs Unit, said: â€œTodayâ€™s arrests are the culmination of an intelligence-led targeted operation by Trident and borough officers to tackle the supply of Class A and B drugs in one of the busiest areas of West Croydon.
â€œDrug dealing can only operate in an environment where the fear or threat of violence is prevalent. On this occasion we have arrested those who we believe to be responsible for the main supply of drugs in the area and who have intimidated residents, businesses and visitors to the borough by openly dealing drugs on the streets and in commercial premises. Arresting and placing these individuals before the courts should have a significant effect on the availability of heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis and will vastly improve the quality of life for those living and working in the area. â€
Councillor Mark Watson, cabinet member for safety and justice said: â€œThis work sees the police working in partnership with the council to boost trust and public confidence in our services.
â€œThe councilâ€™s Safer Croydon Partnership is very involved with this work, with environmental and area enforcement officers, Trading Standards, housing services, parking services, the anti-social behaviour team, CCTV staff, and waste contractor Veolia all working with the police to help prevent crime and disorder in this area.
â€œNational health and care provider Turning Point, and street-based youth team will also be on hand to talk to adults and young people who need support.â€
Following the raids, local officers from the Broad Green Safer Neighbourhoods Team, along with colleagues from the British Transport Police, Croydon Council and Immigration Officers will be carrying out patrols along London Road visiting businesses and residents to update them on the activity.
Police will also carry out weapons and drugs sweeps of the area and Licensing and Trading Standards officers will visit a number of businesses in the area that have been affected by criminal and antisocial behaviour. Patrols and visits will continue throughout the rest of the week.
If you have any information about gang crime or those involved call Crimestoppers – an independent charity – anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always dial 999.