Police carried out a series of dawn raids as part of a long-term crackdown on the supply of drugs, violence and associated crime. Operation Vickers has seen officers carry out 20 warrants across Wandsworth, Lambeth, Merton and Haringey in north London.
Twenty people have been arrested so far, with quantities of class-A and class-B drugs being seized. Those arrested remain in custody at a South-west London police station pending further enquiries.
Police said the raids signal the penultimate phase of a long running operation by Wandsworth borough police to target drug markets operating in public places, along with associated offending such as knife crime, other violence, burglary, theft and antisocial behaviour.
More than 300 officers were involved in the operation, focused on the Doddington and Surrey Lane Estates and surrounding areas in Battersea, as well as Tooting Town Centre.
It was led by Wandsworth officers, with additional support provided by officers from the Territorial Support Group, the Met Task Force and surrounding boroughs. Wandsworth Borough Commander Peter Laverick said: “Yesterday’s operation is indicative of our commitment to keep our community safe, and listen to and act on community concerns and intelligence.
“Our aim is to disrupt and dismantle crime, safeguard our community and locate and prosecute the people who inflict misery on them.
“Too often these drug markets operate in public places and affect law abiding and vulnerable people.
“Nobody should have to tolerate this or the fear it brings.
“By targeting drug markets and those who operate in them, we can continue to have a positive and long-term impact on related crimes such as knife crime, other violent and acquisitive crime and on the quality of life of our communities.
“The support of our community is essential to achieve positive change and I would like to thank those in our community for supporting us in this instance. “I hope they can see that our actions, in conjunction with the local authority, show we do and will continue to act on their concerns.”