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Numerous arrests as part of alleged drug dealing investigation

5/9/2013

 

Following months of planning 13 warrants were carried out yesterday (May 8) in Hertfordshire and London under the misuse of drugs act.
 
17 arrests were made following the dawn raids for a number of drug offences as part of Operation Pagoda – an intelligence led operation aimed to target those suspected of being involved in a ‘drugs line’.

 

Large quantities of substances believed to be cocaine were seized along with thousands of pounds of cash and high value items such as TV’s. A cannabis factory (Harrow) and two firearms were also found. The warrants were carried out at addresses in Watford, Bushey, St Albans, Borehamwood and Harrow.

 

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Ballard from the Serious and Organised Crime Group, who led the operation said: “More than 160 officers were involved in today’s warrants, which puts into perspective the sheer scale of the operation. The drugs line we have aimed to dismantle is believed to be one of the most organised and prolific in drugs supply in Western Hertfordshire.
 
“I want to send a clear message that we will target anyone suspected of being involved in drug dealing no matter how large or small the operation is.”

 

The following people have been charged and are due to appear before St Albans Magistrates Court today (May 9):

• 34 year old Besnik Sinanaj from Royalist Court in Falmouth who has been charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs between 2010 and 2013
• 29 year old Brezar Culaj from Chenduit Way in Stanmore who has been charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs between 2010 and 2013
• 30 year old Culaj Brigal from Ganders Ash in Watford who has been charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs between 2010 and 2013
• 27 year old Fation Sinanaj from High Road in Bushey Heath who has been charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs between 2010 and 2013
• 42 year old Genghiz Ibadula from Toorack Road in Harrow who has been charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs between January 2013 and the May 2013
• 39 year old Samantha Valaydon from Park Road in Bushey who has been charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs between January 2013 and the May 2013
• 25 year old Claudiu Surluceanu from Enderby Road in Harrow who has been charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs between January 2013 and the May 2013
• 32 year old Adrian Spulber from Furzehill Road in Borehamwood who has been charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs between January 2013 and the May 2013
• 30 year old Grigore Scripcaru from Montrose Road in Harrow who has been charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs between January 2013 and the May 2013

 

42 year old James Tweddle from Mendip Road in Bushey has also been charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs between January 2013 and the May 2013. He has been released on bailed to appear before St Albans Magistrates Court on May 20.

 

Four other men arrested as part of the operation have been released on bail. They are:

• A 37 year old man from Watford who has been released on police bail until July 25.
• A 34 year old man from Watford who has been released on police bail until July 23
• A 33 year old man from Harrow who has been released on police bail until July 24
• A 42 year old man from Bushey who has been released on police bail until July 3

A 20 year old man from Harrow remains in police custody at this time.

Two other men, who are 20 and 21 years old and from Harrow have been released with no further action.

Further information:
In Hertfordshire there is a programme of rehabilitation for anyone arrested for any offence and is a drug user. They are offered help to steer them away from drugs in the future.  The Drugs Interventions Programme (DIP) not only helps the individual’s health and welfare but improves the quality of life for their friends, family and even neighbours. It also helps reduce crime overall as it can bring to an end an addict’s need to commit crime to fund a drug habit.   The programme is carried out in partnership. The programme is delivered as a partnership between Hertfordshire Constabulary, Hertfordshire County Council, Turning Point, Hertfordshire Probation Service and Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.