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Camden drug raids: Police arrest 14 and seize cash, drugs, a zombie knife and an axe in Queen’s Crescent operation

PUBLISHED: 14:54 26 August 2020 | UPDATED: 17:26 26 August 2020

Metropolitan Police officers arrest an occupant of a property  during a raid on York Way. Picture: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Metropolitan Police officers arrest an occupant of a property during a raid on York Way. Picture: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Police have arrested 14 men and seized at least £4,000 in cash, shotcun shells, £25,000 of heroin and crack cocaine, a zombie knife and an axe after a series of early-morning raids in Camden.

Metropolitan Police officers raid a property on St Albans Road in London, as they target  the Metropolitan Police officers raid a property on St Albans Road in London, as they target the "elders" or 'high ups' in a north London criminal gang. Picture: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

The police operation, which took place at 4am on the morning of August 26, was designed to disrupt “a criminal gang” thought to be involved in drug dealing in Queen’s Crescent and the surrounding area.

After a seven-month investigation, officers targeted 19 addresses, arresting men between the ages of 18 and 57.

Scotland Yard said: “The gang is believed to have been involved in “serious violence in recent years”.

Det Ch Insp. Jodie Tuff said the warrants “were the culmination of months of hard work by my officers investigating a local gang who have caused and continue to cause detrimental effects to the community”.

Occupants attempt to escape the premises as Metropolitan Police officers raid a property on York Way. Picture: Aaron Chown/PA WireOccupants attempt to escape the premises as Metropolitan Police officers raid a property on York Way. Picture: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

She added the raids “show that we have listened to the concerns of residents and will not tolerate drug dealing nor the violence it causes”.

She added: “I want to make it absolutely clear that information provided by our community was key to this operation. I am genuinely proud that Londoners continue to play an active part in helping us keep the areas in which they live safe.”

Men from Camden aged 23 and 28 were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply of class A drugs, along with a 28-year-old from Seven Sisters.

Two others from Camden men, 36 and 57, were taken into custody on suspicion of the supply of class A drugs.

Det Insp Eliot Porritt during a briefing before Metropolitan Police officers raid properties in North London as they target  the Det Insp Eliot Porritt during a briefing before Metropolitan Police officers raid properties in North London as they target the "elders" or 'high ups' in a north London criminal gang. Picture: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Men aged 18 and 26 from Camden, and 24 from Muswell Hill were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs. A Belsize Park man, 25, is also suspected that offence, along with being in possession of ammunition.

Three men, aged 34, 31 and 33 and from Camden, were detained under suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs, possession of ammunition and possession of a firearm.

Two young men, 18 and 21, were also held on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B drugs.

The police also encouraged members of the public to use the confidential Crimestoppers and KnifeFree services to report crime and get help if they or people they know need it, respectively.

Metropolitan Police officers during a raid on a property on York Way in London, as they target  the Metropolitan Police officers during a raid on a property on York Way in London, as they target the "elders" or 'high ups' in a north London criminal gang. Picture: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Police vans parked up during a dawn raid to target drug supply into Queen's Crescent. Picture: Met PolicePolice vans parked up during a dawn raid to target drug supply into Queen's Crescent. Picture: Met Police

Police seized thousands of pounds worth of crack cocaine and heroin in raids designed to tackle Queen's Crescent drug dealing. Picture: Met PolicePolice seized thousands of pounds worth of crack cocaine and heroin in raids designed to tackle Queen's Crescent drug dealing. Picture: Met Police


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