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Drugs arrests in Tower Hamlets

Several thousands of pounds worth of drugs have been seized in Tower Hamlets.

On Monday, 12 February at around 08:30hrs on Cable Street, E1, officers from Shadwell Safer Neighbourhoods team spoke to a group of young men who had parked their vehicle in an area that has been experiencing high levels of anti-social behaviour.

Routine checks revealed the vehicle was being driven without insurance; it was seized by officers who also found a stolen Blue Badge in the vehicle.

Three men, all aged 22 years, were arrested at the scene on suspicion of handling stolen goods. Searches were carried at all of their home addresses in Tower Hamlets.

A substantial quantity of drugs was seized at two addresses – around 1kg of cannabis at the first property, with a believed street value of £1,500 and around 300g of Class A drugs at the second property, with a believed street value of £5,000. Gloves, scales, plastic bags and just over £1,500 were also seized.

One of the men [A] was further arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and has since been released under investigation. A second man [B] was further arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs and has since been released under investigation.

The third man [C] was released with no further action.

Enquiries continue.

These arrests are part of an ongoing Operation called ‘Continuum’ – a partnership operation between police and Tower Hamlets Council, to restrict and disrupt local drug dealers.

In the past 12 months, officers in Tower Hamlets have executed a significant number of search warrants for drugs, have charged an average of two people per week for drug supply, seized £800,000 from dealers under Proceeds of Crime Act and have developed an effective drug treatment process, helping addicts into treatment.

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