30/01/2014

Police Launch Early-Morning Raids On Criminal Gang

Police in London have carried out a series of raids targeting a criminal gang involved in drug dealing and serious violence.

29 arrests were made during the early-morning raids, the latest phase in a police crackdown on the Guns and Shanks gangs, commonly known as GAS.

12 warrants were executed in London alongisde 11 others, including two in the Thames Valley, one in Essex, one in Bedfordshire and two in Scotland.

Police say that while the gang is based in London it has been expanding its network through friends and relatives in other parts of the UK.

The gang is classed as a high-harm criminal network.

Those arrested range in ages from 18 to 47, and are being held on suspicion of crimes including conspiracy to supply class A drugs, money laundering, possession with intent to supply, fraud and immigration offences.

(MH/CD)

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