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Dawn raids target drug dealers in Medway

Police carried out a number of early morning raids in Medway Photo: Kent Police

The police say they have infiltrated a major organised drug supply network, leading to a series of dawn raids at properties across Medway today.

Specially-trained officers carried out search warrants at a number of houses just before 7am.

It followed a three-month intelligence-led operation by the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate which saw undercover officers target street-level drug dealers.

During today's operation, police seized suspected crack cocaine, heroin, cannabis and stolen goods.

Kent Police used cutting gear to get into some properties Credit: Kent Police

Those arrested have been taken into custody and if charged will be put before magistrates using virtual court technology which allows police, the Crown Prosecution Service and the courts to deal with defendants quickly.

Assistant Chief Constable Gary Beautridge, who led the operation said: "Today, we have infiltrated and brought down an organised drugs network. Our action is a win for law abiding residents who deserve a safe neighbourhood and a blow to those involved in the supply of illegal drugs."

Assistant Chief Constable Gary Beautridge led today's operation Credit: Kent Police

Our action is ongoing and will not end today. Our message is simple, if you are involved in supplying drugs then we will target you. If you didn't get an early wake up call from officers today - expect one soon, you will be arrested.

– Assistant Chief Constable Gary Beautridge, Kent Police

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