Hounslow is in the grips of a Class-A drugs epidemic, with seizures rising by up to 100 per cent in the last year, new figures reveal.
Police this week urged the public to be their eyes and ears as they attempt to tackle the growing crisis.
The amount of drugs being confiscated in Hounslow West has doubled in the last 12 months, compared with the previous year, while there has been a 50 per cent rise in Hounslow Central ward.
Hounslow sector inspector Huw Evans this week described hard drugs like heroin and cocaine as the 'biggest concern' facing his officers.
He also told of the 'human cost' of the problem and referred to the death of a woman from a suspected overdose in Hounslow West just six weeks ago.
"The misuse of Class-A drugs in public areas is a real issue, which starts in the High Street and spreads to other areas," he said.
"The damage being done to the whole community makes this my biggest police concern.
"There's been a big rise in the number of seizures, although this could be down to an increase in drug use or an increase in police activity.
"We know there are a number of street dealers who live in the area, whom we have identified and will be taking action against.
"There are also problems with needles being dropped, which pose a health hazard to members of the public."
Insp Evans added that police were working hard to tackle dealers and addicts, many of whom turn to burglary, robbery, car crime and shoplifting to feed their habit.
He called on residents to play their part by passing on information about dealers, which he promised would be acted on.
Insp Evans denied the drug rehabilitation centre at Pharmacia House in Prince Regent Road, Hounslow, was significantly contributing to the problem.
He refused to name the town's hotspots, though police have previously described the residential area around Bulstrode Road as a 'haven for drug dealers and addicts'.
Cllr Darshan Grewal claimed residents were afraid to use Somerfield car park in Hounslow West at night because of the problem.
If you suspect drug dealers are operating in your neighbourhood, call Crimestoppers, free and anonymously, on 0800 555 111.