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Police shut down 1000th drug line in Hendon, meth lab found in kitchen

The Metropolitan Police have achieved a significant milestone by shutting down their 1000th drug line in a specialist operation, following an early morning warrant executed in Hendon on Wednesday, June 5.

Police confirmed that one man was arrested on suspicion with intent to supply Class A drugs. He was found with crystal meth, and a meth production facility in his kitchen.

This operation, part of a broader strategy to combat drug trafficking across London, has resulted in the arrest of 736 individuals, who collectively face over 895 years of imprisonment. The initiative, named Operation Yamata, was launched in 2022 to specifically target drug dealing throughout the capital.

Utilising advanced data techniques, specialist officers identify and dismantle drug lines that are crucial to the distribution of Class A drugs. These intelligence-led investigations trace the operations back to primary suppliers, leading to their arrest with support from local officers well-acquainted with their neighbourhoods.

The data-driven approach allows the Met to concentrate efforts on the most prolific and dangerous criminals, thereby enhancing the safety of neighbourhoods and mitigating the violence and destruction associated with the drug trade.

Detective Chief Superintendent Ella Marriott, who led the operation, said: “Drug lines have a devastating impact on local communities, with often highly violent individuals exploiting others to flood our streets with drugs.

“Recognising the links between drugs, exploitation and anti-social and violent crime, the Met is relentlessly focused on using precision, data-led policing to bring these unscrupulous criminals to justice.

“Operations such as Yamata are essential for taking these dangerous and often unpredictable violent criminals off our streets, delivering a safer London.”