Four arrests in Bexley as part of Met’s Operation Hawk

PUBLISHED: 13:14 27 March 2013

Ch Insp Ian Broadbridge talks to officers during Operation Hawk last September

Ch Insp Ian Broadbridge talks to officers during Operation Hawk last September


A major Met offensive against street level drug dealing and cannabis farms is underway across the capital today (27).

Dawn raids were carried out as hundreds of Safer Neighbourhood officers as part of Operation Hawk, supported by specialist colleagues, set to work to execute more than 500 drugs warrants in direct response to community intelligence.

This morning, 12 search warrants were carried out by Bexley Safer Neighbourhood Team’s and four arrests were made for drug-related offences.

This is the second major day of action under Operation Hawk targeting street level drug dealing in 32 London boroughs. The last pan-London operation in September 2012, resulted in the seizure of £2.6 million worth of cannabis.

Since that time, activity has continued daily across London, with more than 6,000 warrants executed, including 4,700 drugs warrants, and more than 240 cannabis factories closed.

Met commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, who joined officers on a drugs raid this morning in Southwark, said: “Officers from across London work daily to tackle the drug dealing that impacts on communities. We have already seen some great success under Operation Hawk and today should warn anyone involved in drug dealing that we will keep making arrests, seizing drugs and closing down cannabis factories.”

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