BY CALUM FRASER
Police shut down a drugs factory and an illegal puppy farm in dawn raids across a South-east London estate.
Dozens of officers executed eight search warrants at 4am in houses on the Thistlebrook Estate in Abbey Wood.
Officers arrested eight people for a variety of offences including drug trafficking. A puppy farm was also discovered with dogs kept in filthy conditions. The RSPCA were called in to inspect it.
Speaking on the day of the raids, Wednesday of last week, Detective Superintendent Jane Corrigan said: “Today’s operation highlights what can be achieved through partnership action.
“Drugs and the associated crime that comes with them are a blight on the lives of the law abiding communities of London.
“The action we have taken this morning will significantly reduce the negative impact of the drug trade on local people in this area and disrupt the activities of both drug dealers and users alike.”
The operation was carried out in partnership with Greenwich council, UK Power Networks, the British Horse Society, British Gas, RSPCA, DVSA, HMRC, Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) and the Caravan and Motorhome Club.
A Greenwich council spokeswoman said: “The council welcomes the proactive police action which targets drugs and associated criminality and is working with the multiple agencies involved to ensure the operation progresses as planned.
“We would like to thank residents in the area for their support. If any member of the community needs help they can contact us directly on 020 8854 8888.”
During the raid:
- A 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of the cultivation of cannabis and abstraction of electricity
- A 51-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs and cultivation of cannabis
- A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B drugs and abstraction of electricity;
- A 54-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of the production of class B drugs and abstraction of electricity
- A 29-year-old man was arrested on recall to prison
- A 54-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of class A drugs and money laundering
- A 24-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B drugs, cultivation of cannabis and money laundering
- A 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B drugs, cultivation of cannabis and money laundering. They will appear at the Old Bailey on November 5.