Two men have been charged with supplying of crack cocaine and heroin after raids were carried out targeting a Hertfordshire county lines drugs gangs.

Following an investigation into the 'Ali Snoop' county line, which was operating in a number of towns across Hertfordshire, five search warrants were executed at addresses in Luton on Thursday, October 12.

Habid Iqbal, 37, of Watermead Road, Luton, and Javon Sutton-Fahie, 38, of Westerdell, Luton, were both charged with being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin, possession with intent to supply heroin and possession of criminal property.

More than £22,000 in cash and class A drugs, with a street value of approximately £25,000, mobile phones and other evidence including an imitation firearm, were seized.

The Comet: More than £22,000 worth of cash was found.More than £22,000 worth of cash was found. (Image: Herts police)

The operation was led by the Operation Mantis team, Hertfordshire Constabulary‘s dedicated county lines unit, and supported by the Operational Support Group. Officers from the Eastern Regional Special Operations Unit and National Crime Agency were also involved.

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"This latest operation is part of our continuing drive to disrupt and dismantle county lines gangs operating in Hertfordshire," said Detective Chief Inspector Mark Clawson, from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Serious and Organised Crime Command.

The Comet: Drugs were seized during the raids in Luton.Drugs were seized during the raids in Luton. (Image: Herts police)

"We have made great advances in the battle against drugs in the county over recent years, and have again made some significant arrests, seizing a large amount of drugs and breaking up criminal networks in the process.

"We continue to take a very proactive approach to gang crime, working with our partners in other forces and national agencies, to make it difficult for these crime groups to operate in our towns."

Commander Paul Brogden, National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for National County Lines, added: "As NPCC lead for National County Lines, I would like to thank Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Constabularies and Eastern Regional Special Operations Unit for all of their fantastic work in tackling county lines criminal gangs. 

"This is an excellent result which highlights the continued perseverance and dedication that is being performed by our teams daily by arresting offenders, protecting the vulnerable and our communities."