The multi-agency Operation Vortical is using automatic number plate recognition technology to detect and disrupt criminals in Hemel Hempstead.
A number of officers from the Safer Neighbourhood Team, Operation Scorpion, Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit, Mobile Scorpion Team and Special Constabulary were all involved in the action on November 8 which saw several vehicles seized and a quantity of suspected Class A drugs seized.
The vehicles that were stopped along Breakspear Way and Boundary Way were taken to check points, where drivers’ details were verified and their vehicles were examined for any defects.
Sergeant Damien Hewitt said: “This kind of high-visibility multi-agency operation sends out a clear message that cross border offenders risk being caught if they come into Hertfordshire to commit their crimes. I was pleased with the results and we will look to hold similar operations in future.”
More than 109 vehicles were stopped during the five-and-a-half hour operation, which included 19 vehicles that were seized for being linked to the supply of drugs or for having no insurance. Numerous traffic offence reports were issued for offences, including no insurance, no tax, no MOT and for using a mobile phone whilst driving.
The arrests that were made involved Richard Derby, 31, who was arrested and charged with possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and driving with no insurance.
Jay Edwards, 21, was arrested and charged for theft of a motor vehicle, possession of Class B drugs, possession of an offensive weapon and driving with no insurance.
Elvis Hasani, 32, was charged with possession of Class B drugs, disqualified and dangerous driving and driving with no insurance.
A 30-year-old man from London is currently in custody following his arrest for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.