Officers from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command have executed two separate warrants in Romford and Hammersmith this morning (Thursday, 28 January) as part of the ongoing operation into prosecuting those using EncroChat devices to commit crimes.
[A] A 34-year-old man was arrested at an address on Greenside Road, W12 and [B] a 34-year-old man was arrested at an address on St Clements Avenue, Romford.
[A] was arrested for conspiracy to supply class A drugs and conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life under Operation Shallow – an investigation into an organised crime group (OCG) involved in the distribution of cocaine and firearms.
[B] was arrested for conspiracy to supply class A drugs and possession of criminal property.
Both men have been taken into custody at London police stations.
[C] A female – no further details – was also arrested at the address on Greenside Road for conspiracy to supply class A drugs – she remains in custody.
Detective Chief Inspector Driss Hayoukane, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: “Over the past few months, law enforcement officials across the country have been working with the National Crime Agency to dismantle Organised Criminal Networks that are smuggling drugs and lethal weapons into the UK.
“These arrests today in London are vital part in our relentless drive to reduce violent crime and stop the supply of drugs and weapons happening in the Capital.”