Five people were arrested during an operation targeting organised drug dealing in St Albans.
A warrant was executed at addresses in Peters Avenue, London Colney, on Thursday, February 24, during which class A drugs and machinery used in drug production were seized. A 51-year-old man from London Colney was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs and released under investigation whilst enquiries continue.
A second warrant was then executed at an address in Marshall Avenue, St Albans, where around a kilo of suspected Class A drugs were seized, in addition to 2,000 pills from the boot of a vehicle at the address. A shotgun, two handguns and ammunition were also seized.
A 22-year-old man and a 28-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs (ecstasy). They were both subsequently charged and remanded into custody.
- Hamza Shah, 22, from Marshall Avenue, St Albans was charged with conspiracy to supply class A
- Zayn Shah, 28, from Marshall Avenue, St Albans charged with conspiracy to supply class A and three counts of possession of a firearm without a certificate
A third man, aged 25, from St Albans, was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and possession of a firearm without a certificate and was released under investigation following interview. A fourth man, 26, from Brookmans Park, was also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A and Proceeds of Crime Act offences, related to cash believed to be obtained through criminal activity. He was also released under investigation following interview.
During the operation more than £55,000 in cash was seized, believed to be proceeds of crime.
Detective Inspector Sarah Corr from the constabulary’s Serious and Organised Crime Group, said: “This operation was carried out in response to some intelligence we obtained. We constantly monitor drug dealing networks and OCGs operating in the county and carry out regular operations to crack down on their activities.
“Organised crime groups use violence, supply drugs and commit a whole range of crimes that pose a real threat to the community. Operation Relentless is Hertfordshire Constabulary’s response to this on-going threat. As part of this work, we depend on information from members of the public to help us crack down on drug-related crime. Any information you can provide, no matter how small it may seem, could help us to identify and apprehend drug dealers.”