BY JAMES TWOMEY
Twenty five people have been arrested and about £50,000 in cash was seized after 40 addresses were raided by drug police in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
A quantity of class-A and B drugs and a stun gun were also seized in the properties across Lewisham, Wandsworth and Croydon, targeting criminals believed to be involved in gang activity, drug supply and violence.
All suspects have been taken to a South London police station where they remain in custody.
During the course of the investigation, a number of firearms were also recovered.
Detective chief inspector Dan O’Sullivan, from South Area Safeguarding Basic Command Unit, said: “The operation is the culmination of an 18-month investigation by my officers.
“We have worked tirelessly to identify those believed to be involved in gang activity, supply of firearms, drug supply and violence across the south of London and I am pleased with the results of this activity.
“We will continue to work closely with our colleagues on borough and in other specialist units across the Met to identify and apprehend those intent on, or considering, committing acts of violence.
“We are working day and night to identify and pursue offenders, help bring perpetrators to justice, take weapons off the street, support victims, engage and reassure the public, and keep our communities safe; and we are
“Some significant areas of violence are down, we are seeing reductions in certain crime types including knife related injuries and homicide but we know this is little comfort to the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones or whose lives have been devastated by violence in some way.
“We remain utterly committed to tackling and preventing violence.”
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