Drugs bust cops: Rival dealers may be linked to gangs

Operation Erasure – cops swarmed over suspected properties

Operation Erasure – cops swarmed over suspected properties

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DETECTIVES spent months planning Operation Erasure to snare rival drug dealers who may have links to gangs.

The arrogant drug peddlers, who were blatantly dealing on the streets of Southend, sparked the huge police operation.

Furious investigators spent months planning the operation after being outraged residents were having to see Class A drugs dealt right under their noses.

Cops said they had broken down groups they suspected had been peddling together in one of Essex Police’s most successful drugs operations in recent years.

The 33 raids led to 47 arrests in Southend, Westcliff, Laindon, Corringham and London, plus an extra arrest in Rayleigh.

Det Chief Insp Lynn Goodall, who was running the operation, said: “We didn’t like the fact some people were very blatantly dealing drugs in the street, particularly in Southend. We are unhappy with that and we wanted to deal with them straight away. It’s not what we want in our community.”

On Tuesday, 20 raids were carried out, while yesterday saw a further 13. Ms Goodall said police only planned to carry out five raids yesterday, but more information and intelligence was uncovered as the operation gathered pace.

She said: “Those people arrested are from both ends of the scale. Some are young and haven’t been doing it for very long, but some of the older ones in their forties, are well established.

Some have significant convictions and have reoffended.

“There are some people working together and there are distinct groups within the people we have arrested. Those who work in groups tend to be in groups of three to five people. They may be known to each other, but they may not like each other.

“A lot of people come into our area to commit crime. We are open-minded about whether it is gang related, but we certainly haven’t got the problem they have in London.”

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8:17am Fri 18 Jul 14

SLord90 says...

Good to hear stuff is being done :)
Good to hear stuff is being done :) SLord90
  • Score: 19

8:29am Fri 18 Jul 14

Dingo says...

Is this the same police force who have repeatedly denied there being a gang or drugs problem in Southend?
Is this the same police force who have repeatedly denied there being a gang or drugs problem in Southend? Dingo
  • Score: -1

8:31am Fri 18 Jul 14

BIRLIS says...

Well done!
Well done! BIRLIS
  • Score: 22

8:36am Fri 18 Jul 14

alarminstaller says...

Excellent news, these people that deal in death and destruction deserve no mercy.

The crime and disasters they bring to families is a threat to the stability of the country.

However help must be given to those hooked on drugs who only deal to serve their habits.

Dealers should face severe punishment , with no mercy and punishment should mean only that punishment, these low life scum do not contribute anything to our communities, they drive about in flash cars and throw their life style around encouraging other to take the get rich quick brigade.
Excellent news, these people that deal in death and destruction deserve no mercy. The crime and disasters they bring to families is a threat to the stability of the country. However help must be given to those hooked on drugs who only deal to serve their habits. Dealers should face severe punishment , with no mercy and punishment should mean only that punishment, these low life scum do not contribute anything to our communities, they drive about in flash cars and throw their life style around encouraging other to take the get rich quick brigade. alarminstaller
  • Score: 20

11:03am Fri 18 Jul 14

DAGASMAN says...

They can arrest asmany dealers as they like but it wont stop until the users quit. The dealers are just providing a service, there will always be people willing to risk the jail time for easy money.
They can arrest asmany dealers as they like but it wont stop until the users quit. The dealers are just providing a service, there will always be people willing to risk the jail time for easy money. DAGASMAN
  • Score: 0

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