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Two arrests as police drugs crackdown goes on

Officers have made a 'ward promise' to change Camden Town's reputation

05 December, 2016

Police smash their way into a property during the weekend’s raids

POLICE have smashed a suspected drug-smuggling operation that was believed to be bringing cannabis into Camden.

Two young men have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to import the class B drug following raids over the weekend. Officers went into a property in Kentish Town on Friday evening and a second address in Finsbury Park, Islington, on Sunday.

The 18-year-old and 20-year-old have been bailed pending further enquiries. Police said the operation was part of their attempts to tackle the open cannabis market in Camden Town, which is a long-standing source of complaints from members of the public.

Sergeant Nick Clarke, who leads the neighbourhood policing team for Camden and Primrose Hill, said: “As part of our ward promise to deal with drugs around Camden, we don’t just deal with the culture of people selling bongs, we don’t just deal with the drug dealers on the Lock, we also deal with the drugs coming into the country.”

Officers raided a souvenir shop in Camden High Street last month as part of a crackdown on the sale of bongs and other items thought to be linked to drug use. It followed an announcement in October that police were looking to end the area’s reputation of “London’s Amsterdam” which they believed “created the culture of tacit acceptance” and brought drug tourists to Camden in search of cannabis.

The move was criticised by shopkeepers who said police should be focusing their energy on those selling drugs and not paraphernalia.

 

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