150 officers launch early morning raids on Birmingham organised crime gang suspects
We’ve run one of our biggest operations in recent history with around 150 officers joining a blitz on a Birmingham gang linked to drugs supply and violence.
The operation saw us hit 10 addresses starting in the early hours of this morning (20 Oct) across east Birmingham, arresting 10 men aged between 16 and 36.
The targets are linked to an Organised Crime Group (OCG) and our action follows a series of violent incidents between rival drug groups, including assaults, stabbings and shootings.
In one incident, two men suffered gunshot wounds to their arms while a third received slash injuries that resulted in the amputation of two fingers when violence connected to the gang flared on Denbeigh Street, Bordesley Green, on 25 September,
The suspects arrested today were held on suspicion of conspiring to supply heroin and crack cocaine. They were arrested at addresses in the
Bordesley Green and Sparkhill area in raids supported by drugs dogs and drones.
Our investigation into the gang has previously seen us seize heroin and cocaine with a street value of hundreds of thousands of pounds.
That was recovered from an address in Oakwood Road, Sparkhill, in May after we responded to a disorder there in which one man was stabbed.
Today we seized drugs worth hundreds of pounds and more than £10,000 of cash, and all the suspects remain in police custody for questioning.
Detective Inspector Al Teague described the action as a major strike against violent gang crime in east Birmingham.
He added: “This is a really significant operation that has effectively brought down, or at the very least severely damaged, an organised crime gang.
“It’s part of a wider campaign to suppress violence – much of it linked to drugs supply – in east Birmingham and to disrupt gang activity.
“That work will continue in the coming days, weeks and months.
“These are people we suspect are causing fear on our streets and we won’t tolerate it; anyone who affiliates themselves with gangs can expect to be targeted by us and potentially spend a long time in prison.”