Police carried out a series of raids yesterday (Wednesday) at addresses in Watford, Hertsmere, St Albans, Three Rivers and London in a large operation targeting organised crime groups.
Officers searched sixteen addresses, recovering thousands of pounds of cash and quantities of drugs.
MP for Watford Dean Russell also joined officers for the operation, to see first-hand the work being done to dismantle criminal gangs in the county.
Nine people were charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs during the operation and remanded.
They included Adam Mayling, 39, of Hempstead Court, Watford , Wayne Everitt, 35, of Grovelands Park Street, St Albans, Mark Gallagher, 36, of Ashbourbe Court, St Albans, Gary Pearce, 63, of Farrington Avenue, Bushey, Ifraz Khan, 35, of Howlands Garth, St Albans and Adam Iron, 39, of High Street, Watford .
A further three people were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs and released whilst investigations continue.
They included a 26-year-old man from Rickmansworth and a 63-year-old woman from Bushey
Dean Russell MP said: “I was extremely pleased to join Watford Police in the early hours to witness one of their operations to strike at the very heart of organised crime in the area.. All Watford residents are indebted to our courageous, dedicated and highly professional police officers. They are public servants who day in day out keep us safe, delivering justice and protecting communities.
“Joining this morning’s raid showed the impressive organisational and technical capabilities of our local police force in combatting organised crime. Our local police have my full support in tackling crime across Watford and ensuring our town is safe for all.”
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