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Police arrest 19 people after early morning raids in Bromley-by-Bow

Officers recovered £120,000 in cash this morning

Police have arrested 19 men during a series of dawn raids in Tower Hamlets. 

Hundreds of officers targeted 15 residential addresses simultaneously in the Bromley-by-Bow area at around 5am this morning. 

All of the suspects, aged in their 20s and 30s, were detained on suspicion of various drug offences. These included possessing and supplying Class A drugs as well as money laundering. 

Detectives also recovered around 2kg of Class A drugs, £120,000 in cash and more than £100,000 worth of assets linked to money laundering. 

Officers carrying out raids in Bromley-by-Bow (Credit: MPS)

“We know that drugs are inextricably linked to violence and that men and women are exploited through drug supply,” said Detective Chief Inspector Sean Lyons. 

“Through operations like Continuum, we are able to further safeguard, reassure and reach vulnerable people who may be affected by this criminal activity.

“Officers from the Violence Suppression Unit, dedicated ward officers and Neighbourhood Task Force will continue to work on the ground providing high visibility patrols in the area, ensuring that local residents can go to them for advice if they are affected by the disruption following this action.”

Drugs and cash recovered at the scene (Credit: MPS)

The Met is also working with the local council as part of Project Adder to ensure the victims 

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “Our recent funding boost through Project Adder is supporting our work to tackle the root causes of substance misuse.

“In addition to the Operation Continuum raids, we had teams on the ground offering reassurance to the community and helping people with addiction to access recovery support services.

“Taking a holistic approach like this in addressing substance misuse means we can both offer help and support to people who need it, while at the same time reduce crime associated with drug taking and the drug market.”

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