Armed British police arrested 12 people Wednesday in London and seized drugs, counterfeit currency, firearms and other offensive weapons in a series of raids targeting organized criminals in the capital. A police statement said more than 500 officers — 90 of them armed — took part in the raids at 15 addresses in the north of the city which has a large Turkish Kurdish population. “As a result of the meticulously planned raids, police recovered a loaded handgun, three firearms, three machetes, counterfeit money, stolen mobile phones and equipment for forging passports,” the statement said. Those arrested were in custody at three north London police stations. Sniffer dogs, firearms officers and an armed response unit carried out the raids, code-named Tiller, as well as officers from the Metropolitan police’s Turkish crime task force. Full Story
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