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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.

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