ARRESTS have been made following a raid by police on two houseboats in Uxbridge suspected of housing a drugs ring.
A joint operation between the Met's Marine Policing Unit and Uxbridge Safer Neighbourhood Team this morning (Monday) led to the arrests of a man and woman suspected of dealing and cultivating Class C drugs - in this case Cannabis.
At 7am the police made a rapid entry onto two houseboats, moored on the Uxbridge section of the Grand Union Canal where a man, in his late 40s and a woman believed to be in her late 30s were arrested.
They have been taken to a local police station. A full search of the houseboats is now underway.
The operation was mounted after intelligence was received about the man's suspected criminal behaviour.
Inspector Alan Garside of the Marine Policing Unit said: "Officers within the MPU are specially trained to be able to carry out entries and searches of houseboats of this kind. Working in partnership with land based officers we netted a man suspected of dealing and cultivating drugs from a houseboat.
"The waterways are no soft spot for criminals and today's arrest underlines our commitment to tackle suspected drug dealers wherever they are."
Sergeant Nick Davies from Uxbridge South Safer Neighbourhood Team added: "Just because a premises is on the water doesn't mean we do not have the
ways and means to deal with crimes which are believed to have been committed."