A COUPLE have been arrested after police smashed their way into a suspected crack house in Wealdstone.
The 47-year-old man and 43-year-old woman were taken into custody following the raid on Flat 1, the former warden's house, of the John Lamb Court sheltered housing complex off The Bye Way.
Both were detained on suspicion of possessing class A drugs after the search warrant was executed.
The arrested couple's children have been put in the hands of Harrow Council's social services.
Officers from Wealdstone Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) and Harrow's Crime Squad burst into the property on May 7.
They discovered a quantity of herbal cannabis, one wrap of a brown sub-stance, three suspected crack joints and two white rocks wrapped in plastic, along with what appeared to be drugs paraphenalia.
In tandem with the criminal investigation of the couple, the SNT obtained a 'temporary crack house closure order' to lock out the family for the time being. Harrow magistrates were due to decide yesterday (Wednesday) whether to shut down the property - owned by Harrow Council - and kick out the tenants permanently.
Sergeant Paul Mills, who leads the SNT, said the power to issue a crack house closure had never been been used in Harrow before. By contrast,
Harringey borough police serve 150 such orders a year.
He said: "It's the first, so, from that point of view, this operation was prestigious - this is a benchmark."
He revealed there had been no long-term surveillance for the John Lamb Court operation, showing how police could act quickly against crime.
Sgt Mills said: "I would encourage anybody with information about drug-dealing or crack houses to contact their local SNT or Crimestoppers anonymously."