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PUBLISHED: 12:32 20 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:16 23 August 2010

Police officers stand outside the home of a man arrested after dawn raids took place on suspected organized criminals involved in international organized crime including drugs, fire arms and money laundering offences as part of Operation Victory in Mid-Kent. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 11, 2008. Seventeen people were arrested today in a mass operation which saw police smash two major organised crime gangs believed to be involved in drug smuggling. Officers led by Kent Police's Serious and Organised Crime Unit swooped on the gangs' suspected ringleaders in a series of dawn raids at properties across Kent, south London and Teesside. See PA story POLICE Operation. Photo credit should read: Carl Court/PA Wire

Police officers stand outside the home of a man arrested after dawn raids took place on suspected organized criminals involved in international organized crime including drugs, fire arms and money laundering offences as part of Operation Victory in Mid-Kent. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 11, 2008. Seventeen people were arrested today in a mass operation which saw police smash two major organised crime gangs believed to be involved in drug smuggling. Officers led by Kent Police's Serious and Organised Crime Unit swooped on the gangs' suspected ringleaders in a series of dawn raids at properties across Kent, south London and Teesside. See PA story POLICE Operation. Photo credit should read: Carl Court/PA Wire

TWO sisters have been charged following a series of dawn police raids where 31 people were arrested. Helen Friend, aged 23, of Queens Road, Gravesend, is charged with fraud by false representation. Her 28-year-old sister Mizelli, of the same address, i

TWO sisters have been charged following a series of dawn police raids where 31 people were arrested.

Helen Friend, aged 23, of Queens Road, Gravesend, is charged with fraud by false representation.

Her 28-year-old sister Mizelli, of the same address, is charged with obtaining a money transfer by deception.

Both appeared at Dartford Magistrates Court last Wednesday and were bailed to re-appear at the same court on November 27.

The raids were the result of a two-year police investigation into alleged members of international organised crime gangs based in north Kent and Billingham in Teesside. A total of 270 police officers have been involved in the raids, which took place last Tuesday and Wednesday, with 12 arrests in north Kent and 19 in Teeside.

Delvina Sylvester, 37, unemployed, Calroft Avenue, Greenhithe is charged with one count of mortgage fraud.

Plumber Dean Austin, 31, Olivers Mill, New Ash Green is charged with possession of a Class A drug.

A date has yet to be set for court appearances.

A 45-year-old has since been arrested in Dartford on suspicion of conspiracy to supply drugs and has been released on police bail. Martin Winter, 45, of Reddy Road, Erith, is charged with conspiracy to supply controlled drugs.

He was remanded in custody to appear at court on a date to be confirmed.

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