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Officers commended for undercover drugs bust in Beckenham and Penge

PUBLISHED: 10:06 10 October 2013 | UPDATED: 10:06 10 October 2013

Officers recovered various drugs with a value close to £100,000.

Officers recovered various drugs with a value close to £100,000.

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A group of police officers have been commended after 16 people were jailed for 45 years following an undercover drugs bust in Beckenham and Penge.

The six officers were part of Operation Alkes, a complex investigation which dismantled an organised crime network who were the main distributors of Class A drugs in the Bromley area.

The bust took place over 10 weeks, arresting and charging people in Bromley, Beckenham and Penge with a total of 49 drug and firearms related crimes.

During the sting, police recovered 1kg of MDMA crystal worth £40,000, 250 rocks of crack cocaine worth £2,500, 1,050 wraps of cocaine worth £52,500 and a variety of firearms. A canister of CS gas and £10,000 cash was also found.

One offender alone was charged with possession of a handgun, live ammunition, a silencer and £16,000 of crack cocaine.

Borough commander, Steph Roberts, presented the officers with their commendations. She said: “This operation proved to be a major success in the fight against drug-related crime on the streets of Bromley.

“We will continue to target those people involved in illegal supply and use of controlled drugs in Bromley and proactively seek to disrupt their criminality. If you sell drugs in Bromley, prepare to be arrested at any time.”

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