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50 VEHICLES STOPPED: Two arrested during operation to tackle drug crime in Three Rivers

 Published on: 3rd March 2021   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Two people were arrested and 50 vehicles were stopped by police in Three Rivers during a joint operation specifically targeting drug crime and county lines.

The Three Rivers Operation Scorpion team joined forces with colleagues from both the Safer Neighbourhood Team and the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit to run the operation across Abbots Langley and Rickmansworth.

A 40-year-old man from Watford was arrested on suspicion of driving whilst over the prescribed limit of alcohol, driving on a revoked license, driving with no insurance and possession of class A drugs. He has since been charged and is awaiting a court date. 

A 27-year-old man from Chesham in Buckinghamshire was arrested on suspicion of driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs and possession of class B drugs. He has been released on bail.  

The team also carried out 19 stop searches under Section 1 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, and Section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

Three people were found to have drugs on their person and were reported for possession at the roadside.

Four Traffic Offence Reports were issued to drivers who were not wearing a seatbelt, and four Section 59 notices were issued to people who they had witnessed driving in a careless or anti-social manner. 

The latter, which were issued under the Police and Reform Act 2002, will be recorded on the police system.

This means that if the driver continues to behave inconsiderately behind the wheel, the vehicle will be seized by police.  

Three Rivers Chief Inspector Alex Warwick said: “Operations like this are an excellent example of how fundamental partnership working is to the police service. It’s true that they require substantial resources but they nearly always provide us with an excellent opportunity to disrupt criminality in Hertfordshire. 

“Every day across the district, our covert Operation Scorpion team use their proactive stop and search powers in order to identify and capture criminals, and in turn keep the public safe. It’s important to remember that just because you don’t see them, it doesn’t mean they aren’t there. 

“It’s no secret that criminals use road and rail networks to travel from county to county and sell drugs, but these regular operations show how seriously we take this type of offending in Hertfordshire.”

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