Drugs worth more than £500,000 uncovered in Bromley raids as part of Operation Hawk
PUBLISHED: 11:39 28 March 2013 | UPDATED: 11:55 28 March 2013
Dawn raids uncovered four cannabis factories in Bromley yesterday, with cannabis seizures valued at more than £500,000 as police targeted street level drug dealing across the capital.
As part of London wide Operation Hawk, hundreds of safer neighbourhood officers carried out 16 raids in the borough and made 26 arrests.
Factories were found at addresses in Augustine Road, St Paul’s Cray, Sherbourne Road, in St Mary Cray, Blythe Hill, in Orpington, and Rushdene Walk, in Biggin Hill.
A total of 545 cannabis plants were found by police, with a street value close to £560,000.
Drugs were also recovered from properties in Mottingham and Clock House, with a stun gun recovered from an address in Brewery Road, Bromley Common.
As well as targeting drugs, police also took action against two brothels operating in the borough and removed six uninsured vehicles from the streets.
Det Ch Insp Andy Furphy, who led the operation in Bromley, said: “Drug dealing and cannabis cultivation damage communities and generates organised and violent crime, money laundering and anti-social behaviour.
“The purpose of the operation was to both reinforce what we do on a daily basis in targeting criminals head on and to provide further public reassurance to residents across Bromley through visible, high-impact policing”.