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22 drug raids carried out in part of the Thames Valley
Heart's been told Thames Valley Police carried out a total of 22 raids across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire on the morning of Tuesday 1st March 2011.
It was part of an intelligence led police operation conducted by the Serious and Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).
The warrants were carried out under the Misuse of Drugs Act at the following addresses:
17 people (12 men and 5 women) were arrested on suspicion of various offences, including conspiracy to supply controlled drugs, possession of controlled drugs with intent to supply and money laundering.
Officers recovered class A and class B controlled drugs (cocaine and cannabis), cash, and a CS gas canister.
Det Supt David Poole, who led the operation, said: “Today’s arrests are the culmination of an extensive investigation by Thames Valley Police. We will take any action necessary to stop the supply of illegal and dangerous drugs, which cause so much harm to our communities. My message is if you are involved in selling illegal drugs we will be coming to get you next.”
Ch Supt Brendan O’Dowda, Oxfordshire BCU Commander, said: “The impact of organised crime syndicates is significant on a regional and local level. Their illegal activities not only create crime and misery but causes drug addiction amongst our young and most vulnerable people. It threatens the safety and cohesiveness of our diverse and vibrant communities in Oxford. Today’s activity is evidence that we are working hard to protect our public from drug related crime and that we are putting the organised criminal and crime syndicates firmly on the back foot.”