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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 May 2007, 10:24 GMT 11:24 UK
Police drugs swoop on Chinatown
Chinatown, central London
The suspects were arrested in an early morning swoop
Sixteen people have been arrested in a police crackdown on drug dealing in London's Chinatown.

Fifty officers swooped on the popular Gerrard Street which has become a hotspot for suspected crack cocaine dealers, said a police spokesman.

"These individuals travel into central London to make their profits from selling class A drugs," said Commander Steve Allen.

Those arrested were taken into custody at central London police stations.

Six are being held on suspicion of drug dealing and 10 for suspected possession of drugs.

Those arrested are thought to travel to the area early in the morning to sell and buy drugs and are not part of the local community.

The spokesman said patrols will be stepped up to "provide visible reassurance to businesses and the thousands of people who visit the area".

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