Operation Solon & Khat

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-02-23
Session date: 
February 23, 2015
Reference: 
2015/0694
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Will the Mayor join me in congratulating the Metropolitan Police for the recent action in Chignell Place, West Ealing - which resulted in the arrests and seizure of substantial quantities of Khat and other drugs? Will he also confirm how many arrests have been made within each London Borough for Khat related offenses since the ban on Khat came in to effect?

Answer

Answer for Operation Solon & Khat

Answer for Operation Solon & Khat

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Yes, any enforcement activity that takes drugs off our streets is to be commended. The Metropolitan Police Service has undertaken preventative work and community engagement to prepare and support communities across London for the ban on khat. Despite this, there remains the need for enforcement where khat is still being imported and sold. Between 24 June 2014 and 24 December 2014 (the 1st 6 months of the ban), there were 36 people arrested for khat related offences in London. A breakdown of arrests per borough can be found below:

Hounslow - 1

Lambeth - 2

Brent - 11

Camden - 1

Ealing - 8

Tower Hamlets - 1

Barking and Dagenham - 4

Enfield - 1

Hillingdon - 6

Wandsworth - 1