There was a huge police presence on the borders of Hounslow into Surrey on Thursday (October 19) as officers targeted cross-border offenders.
Operation Coeus was launched by Metropolitan Police in partnership with Surrey Police and Thames Valley Police with the aim of cracking down on travelling offenders.
During the one-day operation, one woman and four men were arrested for offences including possession with the intent to supply 125 grams of cocaine, possession of cannabis, burglary, dangerous driving and for being wanted by the courts for sexual offences.
Four cars were seized and drugs were recovered.
"It is an intelligence-led operation which targets those offenders who cross boundary lines, or County lines as we call them, to commit their crimes," said Chief Inspector Wayne Matthews, from Hounslow Borough.
He added: "The operation builds better working relationships between the three organisations, providing a fuller picture of those who are engaged in crime, including their vehicles, accomplices and also methodology.
"This intelligence allows us to develop our tactics to actively target the criminals, arrest them and work together to protect the public."
In addition to the officers we normally see patrolling our streets, 100 officers, both plain clothed and in high visibility gear, were deployed for this operation, working alongside dog units and interceptor teams.
Around 15 officers conducted ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) checks and proactive patrols across the forces to detect suspected offenders.
The operation aims to lay foundations between forces in order to improve overall residential burglary detection rates across London, Surrey and Thames Valley policing areas.
Leading the operation for Surrey, Inspector Alan Sproston from Spelthorne Neighbourhood Team said: "The joint operation allowed our three forces to specifically target transient offenders who use vehicles to carry out crimes.
"The successful joint working allows us to build on intelligence and work together to make our region a safer place."
Local councils are also in support of the operation.
Hounslow's cabinet member for community protection and enforcement, Councillor Hanif Khan, said: "We work closely with the police to see how we can make Hounslow safer and catch those responsible for the crimes that make the lives of our residents a misery.
"The arrests and the seizure of drugs is a great example of the council, the police and other partnerships in the community working together."
As a result of the operation, a 23-year-old man was charged with possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, having no insurance and dangerous driving.
Alfie Dission of Viscount Road in Stanwell pleaded guilty to the charges at Staines Magistrates' Court on Friday (October 20).
He was remanded in custody and will next appear at Guildford Crown Court on November 17.
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