Published: 17:28, 30 July 2020
| Updated: 18:17, 30 July 2020
Police unearthed a huge cannabis farm while they carried out morning raids looking for firearms.
Authorities executed warrants on eight properties in Bromley, and Croydon with armed officers in attendance at three properties.
Three men and two women, aged between 21 and 55 were arrested on suspicion of offences including possession of a Class B drug (cannabis) with intent to supply, cultivation of cannabis, money laundering, theft of a motor vehicle and firearms offences.
During the organised action, a large-scale cannabis factory was uncovered in Alexandra Crescent in Bromley.
Officers also recovered a suspected firearm and a stolen BMW and a motorbike.
Supt Andy Brittain, from the South Area Basic Command Unit, said: "Not only have we taken a suspected dangerous weapon off the streets, we have also found a substantial cannabis factory, which I have no doubt will be a factor in violent crime in London.
“We have said, time-and-time again, that the supply and cultivation of drugs is intrinsically linked to the stabbings, shooting and other violence that intimidates our communities.
"Today’s warrants are a continued commitment to tackling shootings and violent crime in London that leave victims seriously injured or dead.
"No matter what the hour, Met officers are out on the streets making arrests and seizing weapons that are intent on causing serious harm to others.”
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