Eleven arrests during morning drugs raids in Chelmsford, Colchester and London

Eleven people have been arrested during a series of raids targeting drug dealers.

Essex Police worked with the Met and Eastern Region Special Operations Unit, assisted by Hertfordshire Police, to execute warrants at addresses in Chelmsford, Colchester, and London this morning, Monday February 1.

Crack cocaine and heroin, and cash, with a total value of around £15,000, has been seized.

Detective Chief Inspector Lewis Basford, of the Serious Violence Unit, said: “Today’s arrests are part of our investigation into the Max and TJ lines, which operated out of London and supplied crack cocaine and heroin in Chelmsford.

“Gangs operate across borders and wherever there is demand, so we are dismantling them at every level and severing their links, making it even harder for them to operate.

“They often prey on the most vulnerable people in our communities, including children and teenagers. They use them for their own financial gain and use violence and fear to keep them in check.”

Chief Superintendent Andy Mariner, commander for the north policing area, which covers Chelmsford, said: “This is an example of the work we’re doing every day to target drug dealers who cause harm in our communities.

“I would urge anyone with concerns about drug dealing in their communities to please tell us as your information really does help with our investigations.”

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Mick Ferris

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