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COUNTERFEIT CASH: Man arrested after Hemel Hempstead and Radlett addresses searched

 Published on: 8th June 2023   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A man was arrested and cash and drugs seized in an operation targeting suspected counterfeit currency offending in Hertfordshire.

Officers from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) searched two addresses in Hemel Hempstead and Radlett on Thursday, June 1.

Around £2,000 in suspected counterfeit cash was seized from the Radlett address, and a 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of counterfeit currency and possession with intent to supply cannabis.

He was taken into custody for questioning and later bailed.

With support from Hertfordshire Police’s Operation Scorpion team, investigators also identified a flat in Hemel Hempstead thought to be ‘cuckooed’ as part of county lines drug dealing.

Between one and two kilogrammes of cannabis was found at the address, with £1,000 in cash also seized.

Criminal groups involved in drug dealing frequently use ‘cuckooed’ addresses – often homes of vulnerable people or drug users – as a base for dealing drugs.

Targeting those who are lonely, isolated, or have addiction issues, gangs convince the vulnerable person to allow their home to be used for dealing by giving them free drugs or offering to pay for food or utilities. They often use the property for a short amount of time before moving address, to reduce the chances of being caught.

Detective Constable Robert Sheldon, from ERSOU’s Regional Organised Crime Unit, said: “This arrest forms part of an operation into suspected counterfeit currency criminality, and our enquiries are ongoing.

“We often see gangs operating across different types of criminality, and our intelligence shows that drug dealing in particular is directly linked to an array of other offending.

“That’s why we’ll continue to work closely with local forces to identify criminals operating in our communities and ensure they are brought to justice.”

Information on suspected counterfeit money can be reported to police by calling 101 or visiting the local force’s website. More information is also available via the Action Fraud website.

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