12:10PM, Tuesday 06 February 2018
Dawn raids involving more than 100 officers across the Slough area have to led to eight people being charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
The Operation Rhumba raids, carried out on Tuesday as part of the serious organised crime Stronghold campaign, saw warrants executed at nine addresses under the misuse of drugs act.
They were targeting a gang alleged to be responsible for the sale of drugs, mostly cocaine and heroin.
The raids, which involved dog sections and armed police, took place simultaneously at 7am as part of an effort to ‘disrupt organised crime groups operating within the town’.
At one address in Britwell, two vans wound their way silently around the estate before stopping at a house and about a dozen officers jumped out and got in position.
Officers quickly surrounded the semi-detached property before bursting in through the front door.
A dog could be heard barking inside as police fought their way past suitcases stacked up in a cluttered hallway.
Eventually a male suspect was brought out and put into the waiting police van.
The raids led to 10 arrests for conspiracy to supply drugs, while one man was arrested for failing to appear at court and a missing young person was located and safeguarded.
A total of eight people have since been charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, with one man released with no further action. A teenage boy who was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs has been released under investigation.
Speaking after the warrants, Detective Chief Inspector Darran Hill, from the Thames Valley Police Serious Organised Crime Unit, described how police believe a gang have been targeting communities and how the operation had been set up several months ago.
The operation used a mixture of covert operations, surveillance and local policing knowledge to gather evidence.
He added: “It’s important that we leave a legacy.
“The job doesn't stop here.
“By working with charities and other partner organises we can work to ensure we don’t entrench criminality and increase confidence in the policing of our communities.”
Superintendent Gavin Wong, LPA Commander for Slough, added: “We have carried out these warrants in order to disrupt individuals who are part of organised crime groups operating in Slough.
“Within our communities we will not tolerate those who seek to profit from drugs and make our residents lives worse as a result through associated crime.”
He added residents can expect to see an increased police presence in the coming days as officers continue to carry out ‘disruptive behaviour'.
Call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with any information.
This story was updated on Thursday, February 8.
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