Major operation hits drug dealers

Nine people have been arrested and drugs and cash seized in raids across Stevenage.

Over 100 police officers stormed addresses in the town on Wednesday where they found cocaine, cannabis and around �10,000 in cash.

Properties in Silam Road, Hillmead, Bronte Paths, Spring Drive, Archer Road, Telford Avenue, The Glebe, Ridgeway and Whormerley Road were hit as part of Operation Crystal.

Those arrested included a 26-year-old man suspected of cocaine possession with intent to supply, a 25-year-old man suspected of possessing criminal property and intent to supply cannabis, and a 20-year-old on suspicion of possessing cocaine with intent to supply and possessing criminal property. All three from Stevenage have been bailed until January.

A 23-year-old Stevenage woman was also arrested on suspicion of possessing criminal property. She returned to Stevenage police station today (Friday).

Two men face deportation after their arrests. A 26-year-old man arrested for possession of cocaine is being held on suspicion of immigration offences. He is due to be deported along with a 29-year-old man also arrested on suspicion of entering the UK illegally.

A 30-year-old Luton man was arrested on suspicion of money laundering. He has been bailed until January.

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A 28-year-old Stevenage man was given an �80 fine for possessing cannabis and a 24-year-old man also from the town received a caution after admitting cultivating a cannabis plant.

Stevenage Chief Inspector Richard Liversidge said: “We are sending out a clear message that we will not tolerate people who deal or take illegal drugs in Stevenage.

“We are committed to targeting and disrupting persons who are involved in criminal activity and continue to urge members of the public to work with the police in their fight against crime and report any criminal or suspicious activity.”

He urged anyone who has any information about drug dealing in the town to speak to their neighbourhood officers, call Herts Police on 0845 3300222 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or use the online form at www.herts.police.uk

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