A closure order was applied to Tech Tronex in Marlowes after a test purchase was carried out by officers from Trading Standards which revealed it contained a controlled Class B drug.
Trading Standards investigated the shop regarding vape fluid which was reportedly being sold from the shop.
Officers from Dacorum’s Community Safety Unit searched the premises last Thursday, where a 28- year-old man from London was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a psychoactive substance.
He has been released under investigation while enquiries continue. A quantity of vape fluid along with suspected counterfeit goods and cash were seized.
The Closure Order was granted yesterday (Tuesday, February 12) at St Albans Magistrates’ Court under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.
The court was satisfied that the following criteria for a Closure Order had been met:
- That a person has engaged, or is likely to engage, in disorderly, offensive or criminal behaviour on the premises, or
- That the use of the premises has resulted, or is likely to result, in serious nuisance to members of the public.
The order prevents anyone from entering the premises for three months and anyone who breaches this could be arrested.
Community safety sergeant, Mike Saunders, said: “Closure orders on shops are unusual, however we felt that it was necessary in this case to protect the public.
“We will always follow up on information regarding the supply of illegal drugs in Dacorum and I would urge anyone with details about criminal activity to get in touch so that we can, where appropriate, take action. All of us should play a part in keeping our communities safe and free from the devastation that drug addiction can cause.
“If you have information you’d like to share please submit it online at www.herts.police.uk/Report call the non-emergency number 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or submit details via their untraceable online form at crimestoppers-uk.org”