More than 480 arrested in drug operations during 2023
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Hertfordshire Constabulary’s specialist drug teams had a successful 2023, making 482 arrests during operations targeting cannabis cultivation and drug dealing.
Last year the local policing command (LPC) teams, who provide specialist support for activities targeting drugs and violent crime around the county, made 423 arrests. Forty cannabis factories were also identified and shut down and more than £4.6m worth of cannabis plants were seized. Nearly £300k in cash, 88 vehicles worth £1.6m and £789,980 worth of other class A and B drugs were also seized during the year.
During the same period the force’s serious and organised crime teams, who target gangs and county lines drug dealers, conducted more than 72 warrants, resulting in 59 arrests. They also made drugs seizures worth an estimated £4.25m and £115k in nitrous oxide and £260k in cash.
Local Policing Command Detective Superintendent, Matt Phillips, said: “The LPC teams had a very productive year, working tirelessly to make a significant impact on drug supply and cultivation in the county. Huge quantities of drugs were removed from the streets of Hertfordshire preventing countless other crimes and victimisation. Many of the operations targeted organised criminal gangs, resulting in large numbers of gangs members being jailed, which can only make Hertfordshire a safer place and lead to a reduction in drug related and violent crimes.”
“We will continue to target those involved in growing and distributing drugs, as these offences are extremely harmful to communities, leading to anti-social behaviour, violence and exploitation the young and vulnerable.”
Serious and Organised Crime Command Detective Superintendent, Ben Wright, added: “The SOC teams have had another busy year, targeting some of the major crime groups that are trying to operate in the county. We have managed to dismantle several gangs and seize drugs and cash that would have contributed towards making the gangs more successful and caused more misery for local communities.
“We will continue to watch and investigate those involved in drugs and violence and make life difficult for anyone who believes they can bring crime into Hertfordshire.”
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