Police arrest 106 in West End drugs swoop

Backdated from previous BA website

Police arrest 106 in drugs swoop


                  Sniffer dogs were used to identify suspects at Tottenham Court Road
            More than 100 people have been arrested during a week-long operation against drugs in two London boroughs.
            Ecstasy tablets and crack cocaine were recovered during the blitz on dealers and users in Westminster and Camden.

            Police have arrested 106 people on suspicion of various offences including conspiracy to supply drugs, criminal damage and possession of stolen goods.

            Suspected “crack dens” were raided and sniffer dogs patrolled Tottenham Court Road Tube station looking for dealers.

            “It’s a gateway to the West End, hundreds of thousands of people pass through that junction every week,” said Ch Insp Bernie Gravett.

            “We are committed to dealing with crimes and problems that make living in these areas unpleasant for local residents and people visiting the area.”

            Police believe dealers and people using Class A drugs have moved into the area from other boroughs.

            The operation, which ends on Thursday, targeted Oxford Street, Tottenham Court Road, Soho, and St Giles.

            It previously ran in February, targeting Soho, Covent Garden, Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia, resulting in 91 arrests.

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