Police search finds weapons and drugs

A shotgun and a number of knives have been seized from a property in East London following early morning search warrants.

The warrants were carried out on Tuesday (26 June) at an address on Willoughby Drive in Dagenham by officers from Operation Viper, which forms part of the Met’s Trident and Area Crime Command.

A single-barrelled shotgun, two air weapons, three large knives and a quantity of ammunition was recovered from the address along with a large quantity of Class A drugs.

Operative Viper is a proactive team which focuses on tackling gun crime across London. The team works with Borough officers and other units across the Met to target known firearm offenders and suppliers. Officers regularly execute intelligence-led search warrants, make arrests and apprehend those intent on putting lives at risk.

Dozens of officers were deployed to the Willoughby Drive address, supported by the Met’s Dog Unit and Territorial Support Group (TSG).

Two men, aged 27 and 21, were arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply. They have been taken to a north London police station where they remain in custody.

Acting Detective Chief Inspector Victoria Sullivan, from Operation Viper, said: “We are committed to identifying individuals involved in the use and supply of firearms and drugs, and stopping brutal acts of violence happening on the streets of London.

“This operation shows we will not stop taking dangerous weapons off the streets, and apprehending those intent on putting lives at risk.”

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