Four arrested in early morning drugs raids in Herts

Four men were arrested following a number of drug raids in Hertfordshire.

Hertfordshire Constabulary conducted raids on properties in Hemel Hempstead, St Albans, Stanmore and Watford in the early hours of Wednesday January 20.

The raids were part of a large operation targeting organised crime groups in the county.

Officers from the dedicated Hertfordshire Organised Crime Team, supported by local policing teams, the Eastern Regional Special Operations Unit and the Joint Protective Services Dogs Unit searched a number of properties during the operation.

Inside they found thousands of pounds of cash and quantities of drugs.

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During the raids officers arrested four men.

A 35-year-old man from Hemel Hempstead, a 42-year-old man from St Albans and a 40-year-old man from Watford were all arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Another man, a 47-year-old from Watford was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

All four men have since been released whilst the investigation continues.

Detective Superintendent Matt Thompson, who leads Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Operation Relentless, said: “These warrants are the culmination of a long-term investigation into organised crime groups supplying drugs in the county.

“These crime groups use violence, supply drugs and commit a whole range of crimes that pose a real threat to the community. Operation Relentless is Hertfordshire Constabulary’s response to the on-going threat from organised criminal gangs.

“These groups create real problems in local communities and the force is committed to identifying and relentlessly pursuing individuals and networks involved in serious and organised crime.

“As part of this work, we depend on information from members of the community to help us crack down on drug-related crime. Any information you can provide, no matter how small it may seem, could help us to identify and apprehend drug dealers.”

HertsLive – Hemel Hempstead