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Suspected Drug Dealers Arrested In Notting Hill Dawn Raids

Tuesday 13th May 2014

Eight suspected drug dealers have been arrested after dawn raids in West London.

This morning's raids were part of Operation Capulet, a long term operation targetting gang and drug crime in the Notting Hill area.

Eighteen search warrants were executed at addressed in North Kensington and Paddington.

Six men and two women were arrested on suspicion of a variety of offences including conspiracy to supply Class A drugs on the streets of Kensington and Chelsea.

Police say large amounts of Class A and B drugs along with knives, mobile phones and some cash were also seized.

All the suspects are currently in custody at a central London police station.

Chief Superintendent Adrian Roberts, Borough commander of Kensington and Chelsea Police, said: "Today’s series of warrants and arrests are as a direct result of a recent spate of violent incidents in Notting Hill.

"Working with our partners in the local authority and with key stakeholders, my teams have spent considerable time in seeking to understand and respond to this increase in violence; and I believe that this is an excellent example of dynamic and collaborative working in action.

"I want to re-iterate that Kensington and Chelsea is one of the safest places to live in the capital and we will not tolerate any threat that could undermine that; and that includes drug dealing or violence on our streets."

Around 100 officers from units including the Territorial Support Group (TSG), Dogs Unit and Specialist Crime & Operations support took part in the raids.