Thirteen arrested in crackdown on gangs and drugs in Waltham Forest
A number of known gang members in Waltham Forest have been arrested during dawn raids this morning, Wednesday, 11 February.
The raids are the culmination of a six-month-long intelligence-led operation. A total of 150 officers from the borough, Trident Central Gangs Unit and the Territorial Support Group were involved.
The operation targeted gang members operating in and around Leytonstone High Road and saw police execute warrants at eleven residential addresses in the following locations.
Orange Grove, E17
Capworth Street, Leyton
Brunel Road, Walthamstow
Durant Road, Enfield
Robinson Close, Leytonstone
St. Egbert’s Way, Chingford
Wigmore Place, Walthamstow
Arkley Road, Walthamstow
High Street Walthamstow
Queeens Road, Lewisham
A total of thirteen people, two women and eleven men, were arrested for drugs offences including conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin.
They have all been taken to an east London police station where they remain in custody.
At the address in Capworth Street police recovered what is believed to be a deactivated, readily convertible 9mm Pistol along with approximately Â£3,000 in cash.
A further Â£1,000 in cash was seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act from the address in Orange Grove, E17.
Temporary Chief Superintendent Jo Chinn, Borough Commander for Waltham Forest, said: “Today we’ve arrested a number of gang members who we believe are supplying crack cocaine and heroin across Waltham Forest.
“Drug dealing and the violence that comes with it blights communities, creating a culture of fear for those living and working in the area.
“Taking drug dealers and drugs off our streets should go a long way to improving the lives of everyone living and working in the area.”
Neighbourhood Policing Teams were on hand to inform, reassure and update members of the local community about the police activity.
Anyone with information about gang crime or those involved in gang crime are urged to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.