A series of police raids carried out across the UK on Wednesday morning have resulted in 16 arrests and the seizure of £150,000 cash and 20kgs of Class A and Class B drugs.

The Greenwich Peninsula was among the areas targeted on March 24 in a multi-police force operation targeting the distribution of Class A and Class B drugs which reportedly had been months in the planning.

Heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine and cannabis were recovered in large quantities, and a suspected handgun was also recovered from a London address.

Officers from the Met, Kent Police, Essex Police, Avon and Somerset Police, Devon and Cornwall Police and Police Scotland executed the 29 warrants on the morning of Wednesday, 24 March.to arrest individuals involved in the sale and distribution of Class A and B drugs.

Met Police: UK-wide operation sees 16 arrests and 20kgs of drugs seized.

Met Police: UK-wide operation sees 16 arrests and 20kgs of drugs seized.

The raids were carried out all the way up in Aberdeen, and all the way down to Plymouth, but 20 of the addresses targeted were within London.

An address in River Gardens Walk, SE10, was among those hit this morning.

Greenwich Peninsula: River Garden Walk

Greenwich Peninsula: River Garden Walk

16 people, aged between 25 and 43, were arrested and taken into custody. The arrests were on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs; one of those detained has also been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm.

Detective Inspector Tom Pearse, from the Met's Specialist Crime Command, said: "The supply and distribution of drugs doesn't contain itself within the M25.

"It’s a fluid and toxic commodity that leaks out into the Home Counties and beyond, often leaving a trail of violence in its wake. By collaborating with other police forces, we have removed those in the middle levels, as well as those at the top of the chain who were making in excess of a million pounds a year."

Met Police: UK-wide operation sees 16 arrests and 20kgs of drugs seized.

Met Police: UK-wide operation sees 16 arrests and 20kgs of drugs seized.

"The operation started in April 2020 when officers received intelligence that a number of individuals in Hackney, east London were involved in supply Class A drugs.

"Through a number of tactics, they established the network’s supply routes across the UK and the individuals responsible for coordinating the supply in the regions. Today’s arrests mean that this particular criminal network are no longer able to operate and officers will be seeking to seize assets accrued via their criminal activities."

DI Pearse added: "These arrests will play a significant part in disrupting the drugs supply market and play a fundamental part in tackling violent crime in London and the surrounding areas.

"The proactive team responsible for delivering this operation have investigated the criminal network with tenacity and vigour, working long and anti-social hours week after week. After today they will move onto the next network and start the process over. It remains the case that there is no loyalty within the drug supply network and those involved in this exploitative trade.

Met Police: UK-wide operation sees 16 arrests and 20kgs of drugs seized.

Met Police: UK-wide operation sees 16 arrests and 20kgs of drugs seized.

"I would encourage anyone with information around drug supply and associated violence to share it with their local neighbourhood team or with Crime Stoppers if they wish to remain anonymous."

The independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111; people providing information do not have to leave their name.

The warrants were executed at the following addresses:

Cropley Street, Hackney, N1

Meadow Walk, South Woodford, Redbridge, E18

Leatherhead Close, Hackney, N16

Longbridge Road, Barking, IG11

Foxley Close, E8

Homerton Road, Hackney, E9

Cortland Close, Ilford, IG8

Hatton Gardens, EC1N

Dunnock Close, Edmonton, Enfield, N9

Harleston Close, E5

Hoe Lane, Enfield, EN3

River Gardens Walk, SE10

Marks Road, Romford, RM7

Southwold Road, Hackney, E5

Amhurst Park, N16

Shaftesbury Street, Hackney, N1

Highbury Grange, Islington, N5

Harrington Hill, E5

Forest Drive West, Leytonstone, E11

Amhurst Road, Hackney, E8

Henderson Place, Plymouth, PL2

Union Street, Plymouth, PL1

Lester Close, Plymouth, PL3

Kit Hill Crescent, Plymouth, PL5

Viburnum Crescent, Almondsbury, Bristol, BS32

Elizabeth II Avenue, Berkhamsted, HP4

Oliver Road, Shenfield, Essex, CM15

St Anne's Road, Mountnessing, Brentwood, CM15

Hillview Road, Aberdeen, AB15