Operation Volturnus

Nine people have been arrested this morning, Wednesday, 9 November during dawn raids in Hounslow borough.

Published: Wednesday, 9th November 2016

Nine people have been arrested this morning, Wednesday, 9 November during dawn raids in Hounslow borough as part of an intelligence-led operation to combat drugs.

'Operation Volturnus' was launched on 29 September to target suspects involved in the distribution of drugs in Hounslow.

There have already been 45 arrests made during Operation Volturnus and a significant amount of controlled drugs and cash seized.

During the course of this morning’s initiative, 11 search warrants were executed at addresses in Hounslow and Feltham area, various drugs seized and nine arrests made.

The nine suspects, all men, were arrested on suspicion of a variety of offences, including possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, possession with intent to supply Class B drugs and assault of police. One cannabis warning was also issued.

The suspects currently remain in custody at London police stations.

Today’s operation saw approximately 100 officers deployed including those from Hounslow Police team, which is funded by Hounslow Council and teams from specialist units.

Councillor Sue Sampson, Cabinet Member for Community Protection, Hounslow Council, said: “We work closely with the police to look at how we can make Hounslow safer and ensure we have a zero tolerance policy on drugs across the borough.

“Today’s arrests and the seizure of drugs and cash is a great example of the council, the police and other partnerships in the community working together.”

Information and feedback following a public meeting held recently saw Hounslow Police and the council’s community safety partnership team work together to take action on issues raised and this resulted in the raids that took place today, [Wednesday].

Chief Inspector Wayne Matthews, Safer Neighbourhoods Lead for Hounslow Borough, said: "We will continue to work with the community and our partners to make Hounslow safer.

“Residents are affected by the violence and associated criminality that accompanies drug dealing. Drug dealing is never victimless and the impact it has can ruin lives. We will not give up the fight against crime."