Major drug crackdown in Harlow as police swoop

News / Tue 4th Mar 2014 at 04:06pm

AN operation to crack down on drug-dealing in Harlow has so far netted the arrests of 20 suspected drug-dealers.

Officers executed search warrants at 31 residential properties in the Harlow area under the Misuse of Drugs Act shortly after 6am on Tuesday, March 4.

17 men and three women were arrested at a variety of locations across the town.

Operation Hornet is Essex Police’s response to community intelligence given to neighbourhood policing officers. Senior Investigating officer, DCI Paul Maleary, intends to continue to enhance the quality of life for residents and retailers by eradicating the source of substance abuse in the town.

“This operation is the direct result of reported Class A drug-dealing and associated violence which has taken place during the past few months,” said DCI Maleary. “We, along with the local community safety partnership, are committed to reducing all crime and the arrest phase of the operation is just the first of many initiatives that we will be taking over the forthcoming months to dissolve drug-dealing in and around Harlow.”

Neighbourhood policing officers continue to urge people to call them on 101 with any suspicious activity in their area.

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