POLICE RAIDED a house in Lambeth this morning as part of a crackdown on a suspected crime ring linked to trafficking children, drug smuggling and money laundering.
An address in Valleyfield Road was searched as part of a series of dawn raids across the south-east today.
The criminal network is believed to have trafficked young girls and boys from south-east London to transport Class A drugs to Hampshire and Kent.
Eight people have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs, inciting supply of class A drugs, child trafficking and money laundering.
An 18-year-old man was arrested in Lewisham, A 20-year-old man in Haringey, A 32-year-old man in Kent, a 42-year-old man and a 31-year old woman in Hampshire.
A 20-year-old man, a 15 year-old youth and a 36 year-old woman were produced from prison and arrested.
Detective Superintendent Tim Champion, Trident Gang Crime Command: “Today’s operation should serve as a clear message to those who think they are above the law. If you use young people to support your criminal activity – we will focus our efforts on you. You will be caught, you will be arrested and you will be placed before the courts.”
If you have any information about gang crime or those involved call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.