UPDATE: Operation Hawk leads to seven drug raids in one Thamesmead street

PUBLISHED: 12:02 28 March 2013 | UPDATED: 12:40 28 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 day of action against street-level drug dealing and cannabis farms saw seven properties raided in one Thamesmead street - and 31 dogs seized and handed over to the RSPCA from the same Bexley address.

The London-wide Operation Hawk was carried out yesterday (March 27) and Bexley police searched 14 premises in total, making six arrests and issuing two warnings.

Officers also closed down a cannabis factory, seized around £1,000 which they believe to be the proceeds of criminal activity and recovered 20 small bags of cannabis and one large carrier bag containing the drug.

Bexley borough commander Supt Peter Ayling said: “I will not tolerate drug dealing in Bexley.

“Our officers are encouraged to use all the powers available to them to go after and arrest those involved with drugs. Some people will say it is only street-level dealing but the drugs come from organised criminals.

The number of operations today are from, in part, information provided by law abiding Bexley residents and I encourage you all to tell us what you know and we will act on every piece of information.”

Aside from the Thamesmead raids, properties were searched in the Christchurch, North End, Barnehurst, Caryford and Sidcup areas.

Across London the Met executed 544 drug warrants, made 387 arrests, closed 34 cannabis factories and seized around £2.1 million worth of the drug.

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

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