New data from Herts Police has revealed the number of arrests for drug dealing in Chorleywood, the wider Three Rivers area, and a number of other places in Southwest Hertfordshire since the beginning of 2018.
Between January 2018 and December 2022, there were only four arrests for drug dealing in the village in total. They all took place between January 2021 and April 2021, when the second nationwide lockdown was in effect.
This total makes up just under five per cent of the number of drug dealing arrests that took place in the wider Three Rivers area in that same time period, of which there were 81.
Chorleywood also had the lowest number of arrests for this type of crime in Three Rivers. Rickmansworth had the most arrests for this type of crime in Three Rivers, with a total of 39 arrests.
The latest data from the Office of National Statistics has revealed a general decrease in the number of adults taking part in recreational drug use, particularly class A substances such as ecstasy.
Herts Police Detective Superintendent Nev Hanks, said: “We continue to target offenders that are involved in the drug supply networks in the county. Those involved often set up operations in the homes of vulnerable people and bring violence, drugs and crime to local communities.
“We have made a significant impact on drug dealing in Hertfordshire over the last year, making hundreds of arrests, causing significant disruption to gang activities, and seizing large quantities of drugs and cash.”