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CANNABIS CULTIVATION: Dozens arrested during month of action targeting drugs factories

 Published on: 6th July 2023   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

More than 20 people, including some from Watford, Hemel Hempstead, Abbots Langley and Rickmansworth, have been arrested during a month-long operation to combat cannabis cultivation.

Police forces across England and Wales conducted activities targeting cannabis production by organised crime groups, aiming to execute more than 1,000 warrants during June.

In Hertfordshire, more than 30 warrants were conducted and 27 people were arrested, of which 10 have been charged. A total of 3,249 cannabis plants were seized.

Local Policing Command teams were supported by the Operational Intelligence Team, Operational Support Group, and local Crime and Safer Neighbourhood units to carry out the warrants.

Those charged include Sulo Asimetas, 23, and Mariglen Bani, 23, of Bunkers Lane, Hemel Hempstead; Glenn Armstrong, 42, of Tylersfield, Abbots Langley; and Mahdi Taymoori, 26, of Trefusis Walk, Watford. They were all charged with being concerned with cannabis cultivation.

The 27 people arrested include a 14-year-old boy and a 31-year-old man from Watford, as well as a 32-year-old man from Rickmansworth. All have been released while the investigation continues.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Skarratts, from Hertfordshire Police’s Local Policing Command, said: “This month of action has been a great opportunity to target organised crime gangs that are running cannabis production sites across the county. We’ve seized thousands of plants along with growing equipment, as well as arresting many of those involved in the production and distribution of cannabis.

“We conducted more than 30 warrants, which is going to make a major impact on cannabis supply and organised crime groups in Hertfordshire. We take a very proactive approach, working with our partners in other forces and national agencies to target these crime groups.

“This operation also provides a chance to raise awareness of cannabis farms, which can appear anywhere in the county and pose a danger to those living nearby, either as a fire or electrical risk or from anti-social behaviour and violence that is associated with this type of crime.”

Anyone with information on drug dealing or gang-related crime is asked to contact Hertfordshire Police  via the non-emergency number 101 or report information online at www.herts.police.uk/report

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

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