Six people have been arrested and £100,000 cash seized in an major police operation targeting a county lines drugs route running from south west London.

Three men and three women, aged between 18 and 24, have all been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and possession after criminal property following a series of early morning raids.

The search warrants took place earlier today, Wednesday June 24, at addresses across the region, but predominantly in Wandsworth.

Officers found and seized £100,000 in cash, two high-value watches, a machete, high-powered scooters and jewellery, and led to the arrests of the six suspects.

Acting Detective Inspector Treasa O’Donoghue, who led the operation, said: “The South West Gangs & Proactive Unit takes a zero tolerance approach to those we suspect of being involved in county lines, drug dealing and wider organised crime.”

“Organized criminal networks ruthlessly exploit vulnerable individuals for the sheer purpose of financial gain and it remains of upmost priority for us to bring those responsible to justice.

“We will relentlessly pursue and target people who run and work for drug networks, with the long term aim of reducing the serious, violent crime which drug supply drives, causing great harm to communities."

The operation was supported by officers from Hampshire Constabulary who conducted 5 arrest enquiries across a number of residential properties in Hampshire.

The warrants are the culmination of a long term proactive investigation into drug dealing and organised crimee in the Wandsworth area.

The operation was carried out with the assistance of local officers, the Territorial Support Group (TSG) and the Police Dog Support Unit (DSU).