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DRUG ARRESTS: Drugs supply network in Watford dismantled

 Published on: 23rd July 2022   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A significant drugs supply network has been dismantled and several people have been arrested following a police operation.

A man – 27 year old Jordan Raeburn of Sitwell Grove in Stanmore, has pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of cocaine and has been remanded into custody to await his sentencing at St Albans Crown Court on Friday, August 12.

Another three people – a man from Watford, a man from Edgware and a woman from Hatfield, have been arrested and subsequently summoned to court to answer charges of being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

Sergeant Dave Perkins from the constabulary’s Operational Support Group (OSG), which works to tackle organised criminality, said: “These arrests are part of Op Spandrel – a specific operation run by officers from the constabulary’s OSG to target a drug supply network running out of Watford and supplying Class A drugs to areas across Hertfordshire and North London.

“During the investigation quantities of cocaine were seized, along with equipment used for the preparation and sale of cocaine, and around £6,000 in cash.

“This operation and the subsequent arrests mean we have dismantled a cocaine drug supply network that exploits and profits from the vulnerable. This type of drug network involves manipulating young people into becoming drug runners, cuckooing the most vulnerable members of our society and exploiting drug users with violence and threats often used against those who do not comply.

“We know that drug dealing is linked to other illegal activity that has a massive impact on communities. If you suspect drug dealing is taking place in your neighbourhood, please report it. Every single call helps us to build up the intelligence we need to take action.”

You can report information online at herts.police.uk/report, speak to an operator in the Force Communications Room via the online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact or call the non-emergency number 101.

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