Twenty-two arrested following police raids

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Properties in Horley have been raided as part of an operation by Surrey Police to dismantle a network of suspected drug dealers.

Operation Beet, involving approximately 270 officers, saw dawn raids carried out this morning (January 29) at more than 30 properties in Horley, Redhill and London.

A spokesman for Surrey Police said the raids followed months of planning.

Twenty-two people were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. They are in custody and will be interviewed throughout the day.

Superintendent Jerry Westerman, said: “Operation Beet has yet again shown how successful Surrey Police is in identifying and dismantling suspected networks of drug dealers who attempt to supply illegal substances in our county.

“It is widely accepted that Class A drug abuse destroys communities. Not only are those dependent on drugs harming themselves but anyone who has been a victim of a crime as a result of a user needing to fund their habit are also affected.

“Although the majority of the warrants executed this morning were in the borough of Reigate and Banstead, we also identified the need to target suspected dealers at addresses in London. This sends out a stark warning to anyone thinking of coming into Surrey intent on committing offences that we can, and will, put an end to the misery caused by drugs.”

Anyone who has information on drug dealing in their community can contact their safer neighbourhood team on 101 where information will be treated in the strictest of confidence. Or the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.