Police Seize £300,000 Of Cannabis, Loaded AK-47, Two Crossbows In London Raid

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Police Seize £300,000 Of Cannabis, Loaded AK-47, Two Crossbows In London Raid

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On Monday January 24, police seized £300,000 worth of cannabis, guns and two crossbows in Rainham, east London.

Following the two-day raid, a 63-year-old man was arrested at the scene, on suspicion of drug offences. He has since been released on bail.

Other items seized included live ammunition, cash and Class B drugs.

Around £300,000 worth of cannabis seized in London (Met Police)
Around £300,000 worth of cannabis seized in London (Met Police)

Detective Sergeant Owen Morgan spoke about the raid, calling it a 'successful operation', adding that it was a 'disruption of organised crime that is a blight on communities'.

The detective continued, 'I have no doubt that the criminality we uncovered during the searches that spanned two days would have negatively impacted an area reaching far beyond Rainham.'

Morgan then said that all resources available will be used to 'dismantle' organised crime.

He continued, 'We will continue to combine our resources in order to dismantle and disrupt organised crime wherever we find it.'

This isn't the only raid to have taken place in the capital in recent months. A man was jailed after £1,000 worth of drugs were found in a South London home in November 2021.

Michael Richards, 22, was reportedly found at the Lambeth address with 'multiple wraps of class A drugs' and a significant about of cash.

AK-47 (Met Police)
AK-47 (Met Police)

Tests found the drugs to include heroine, crack cocaine and cannibis. Richards was charged on two accounts of possession with intent to supply.

He appeared at court on January 6 and was given a three-year custodial sentence.

Speaking of the case, Inspector Dan Thompson said, 'The distribution of drugs fuels violence and the associated criminality that accompanies it causes misery to local communities. This is a great example of how the VCTF is tasked to an area and can really focus on those individuals who are driving up violence on our streets and in our communities through the supply of drugs.'

A gun found at the scene (Met Police)
A gun found at the scene (Met Police)

The inspector continued, 'Despite these reductions, we are not complacent and know there is more to do. Our determination to tackle these crimes remains strong and we will continue to work with our partners, using every power and tactic available, to serve and protect our communities.'

Thompson finished by reaffirming the police commitment to cracking down on crime, saying, 'We will relentlessly focus on those individuals intent on causing violence.'

Topics: News, Drugs, London, UK News

Shola Lee
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