67 individuals have been arrested in a string of dawn raids as part of one of the Met Police’s largest drug crackdowns in a decade.
Pooling resources between the Met and City of London police, a total of 2,775 officers have been involved in Operation Puglia, targeting heroin and crack cocaine dealers.
Following six months of preparation, officers executed a total of 70 search warrants in a series of dawn raids over the past week, resulting in 67 arrests, 46 of whom were charged with a total of 210 drug supply and related offences. The eight arrested today, aged between 19 and 66 years, remain in custody.
Detective Superintendent Raffaele D’Orsi, the officer in overall charge of Operation Puglia said: “Operation Puglia continues to be a large, major and complex enquiry that is removing violent and dangerous individuals and groups from the communities that they are abusing.
“This is one of the largest investigations and numbers of arrests that the MPS has ever undertaken.
I am enormously proud of the personal resilience and tenacious investigative expertise that my colleagues from Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, Trident and the Territorial Support Group, as well as the City of London Police, have committed to this complex enquiry. The work of all of my colleagues during Operation Puglia will ensure that those arrested will face justice.