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13 people arrested following operation in Watford

 Published on: 20th October 2017   |   By: The Newsdesk   |   Category:

Police have arrested 13 people as part of a long-running operation to target suspected drug suppliers in Watford. The eight-month operation, one of the largest carried out in the area in recent years, culminated in two arrest phases over the past two weeks involving around 100 officers from  the Safer Neighbourhood Team, Operation Scorpion and Operational Support Group, as well as a drugs dog. A large quantity of suspected class A and B drugs have been seized during the operation. Seven people were arrested on Tuesday (September 29) after warrants were executed in the early hours at five addresses in and around the Queens Road area and at a further address in London. Six people were arrested during the first phase which was carried out last Wednesday (September 23). Neighbourhood Inspector Nick Lillitou said: “This operation has actively targeted those suspected of being involved in drug supply in Watford and has proved a great success, with several policing teams working together. “There are also a number of outstanding offenders being sought by police in connection with this operation, and efforts to trace and arrest those persons continue. “We hope this sends a clear message to anyone associated with this type of crime that it will not be tolerated in Watford and we will relentlessly pursue anyone suspected of being involved.” Chief Inspector for Watford, Dave Wheatley added: “We have been aware of the issues around the dealing of drugs and associated anti-social behaviour in Queens Road for at least the last eight months and, in response, we put in place a long standing operation to combat the problem and identify those who are suspected of being involved. “I hope the public will understand why we have been unable to talk proactively about the police operation during the last eight months whilst it has been on-going and that they will take some reassurance that we have listened to their concerns and have been taking action. “As a Constabulary we use a variety of policing tactics, both overt and covert, to ensure we keep our community safe and be assured that we will continue to do so.” Anyone who has any information about suspected drug dealing in their neighbourhood is urged to contact police on the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively, you can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will never need to go to court.

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