15 arrested after series of raids in areas including Gravesend
PUBLISHED: 09:54 25 June 2014
Kent Police officers arrested 15 people and seized a haul of Class A drugs as part of a series of raids to target gangs operating in Kent.
Warrants were executed at 11 addresses in Gravesend, Ashford, Folkestone, Sheppey and Margate on June 23 after information about drug supply networks across the country was gathered.
Officers seized drugs believed to be heroin, cocaine and cannabis and a large amount of cash.
Known gang members travelling into the county from London are suspected to be involved in criminality.
Following the raids, a second wave of police activity was carried out, which included working with the British Transport Police on the railway networks and monitoring the county’s roads with the assistance of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) systems.
Supt Andrea Bishop, who co-ordinated the activity on the day, said: “Our priority is to cut crime, disrupt and arrest known or suspected gang members who are travelling into the county or are established in Kent and are intent on committing a broad range of criminality.
“We have used various means of intelligence including ANPR and have worked closely with partner agencies and other forces, such as British Transport Police and Metropolitan Police, sharing expertise and resources to have maximum impact. A member of the Metropolitan Police’s Trident Independent Advisory Group was also available to provide advice and guidance.
“Many of these groups are organised and their activity can damage individuals, communities and businesses.
“Kent Police, together with our police colleagues from other forces, will continue to take a zero tolerance approach to drug dealing and gang-related crime that has an impact on our streets.”