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More Soho drugs arrests

Police have now arrested 28 suspected heroin and cocaine dealers who operate in Soho as part of a major sustained crackdown on street crime in the area.

Last week Officers made a series of arrests during raids on dealers' home addresses in dawn swoops.

Now a further three people have been arrested for breaching the terms of their ASBOs and one arrest was made in relation to an assault in Soho.


Raids were an extensive intelligent led operation, say police

Police have made 23 arrests in the latest drugs crackdown

Police have now arrested 23 suspected heroin and cocaine dealers who blight the streets of Soho in the latest phase of a major sustained crackdown on drug and associated street crime in the area.

Officers from Westminster swooped on suspects operating in the very heart of the West End last night, following an extensive intelligence led operation into the supply of class A and B in and around Soho.

The latest wave of arrests come just weeks after the final sentencing of 30 drug dealers who were jailed for a total of 100 years after they were arrested during the first stage of the crackdown in May 2012.

ASBOs have been secured against many of the 30 convicted which prevent them from re-entering the area on their release from prison.

In addition, a further 32 drug dealers and users have had ASBOs secured against them, banning them from large areas of Westminster.

Drug dealers think again, say police

"Drug dealing will not be tolerated", say police Credit: Katie Collins/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Officers arrested 23 suspected drug dealers and three people on suspicion of breaching anti-social behaviour orders in the first stages of the operation.

More arrests are expected in the coming days.

Commander Alison Newcomb from Westminster borough said:

"Drug dealing on the streets of the West End or in any part of London can not and will not be tolerated. Put quite simply, if you are coming to the West End to buy or sell drugs, you need to think again."

"Chaotic" open drugs market

Officers in Soho made a series of arrests last night before raiding dealers' home addresses in dawn swoops this morning.

It is the second operation of its kind aimed at cleaning up the lively area of the West End, which is popular with tourists and partygoers.

Officers have worked for several months to prepare for the crackdown, identifying individual drug dealers.

"My cause celebre is tackling this open drug dealing in the area because it's very closely connected to other serious acquisitives (for example, robbery and theft from the person) and violent street crime. It's a menace to the public in the area."

– Detective Superintendent Kevin Southworth

Mr Southworth said the scene is "quite chaotic", being run as an open market rather than controlled by one gang.Around 80 to 100 officers were taking part in the operation.

It follows a previous operation in which 30 drug criminals were arrested and convicted.