Six people from St Albans arrested in major Herts police drugs bust

PUBLISHED: 14:54 13 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:54 13 December 2017

Three people were arrested after a fight at the Slug and Lettuce in Harpenden during the early hours of Saturday morning. Picture: Debbie White

Three people were arrested after a fight at the Slug and Lettuce in Harpenden during the early hours of Saturday morning. Picture: Debbie White

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Six people from St Albans have been arrested in a major Hertfordshire drugs bust.

Simon Aruchanga, 47, of Folly Avenue, St Albans, has been charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and possession of Class A drugs.

Amine Harti, 20, of Hatfield Road, St Albans has been charged with being concerned in the supply of a controlled Class A drug.

And Wayne Ypey, 46, of Bricket Road, St Albans, has been charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and being concerned in the supply of a controlled Class A drug.

All three appeared on Thursday, December 7 at Hatfield Remand Court.

In addition, three people were arrested today in a second wave of arrests.

A 48-year-old man from St Albans has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

A 27-year-old man from London Colney has been arrested on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply.

A 56-year-old woman from St Albans has been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply.

St Albans Ch Insp Shane O’Neill said: “Following a six-month operation, we have arrested several people we believe have been dealing drugs in St Albans.

“I’d like to thank members of the public for providing vital information to the police which was used in conjunction with police intelligence to carry out a number of drugs warrants both today and last week.

“We know many people who take drugs also commit other types of crime too, including residential burglary, to feed their habits, so these arrests are particularly significant.

“We hope some of those arrested will spend Christmas behind bars. With other agencies, we will also help the younger and more manipulated suspects conquer their addictions and chaotic lifestyles.”

The six were among 15 arrested by Herts police for mostly drug-related offences.

The others were:

• Sedric Smith, aged 37, of Connaught Road, Harrow, has been charged with supplying Class A drugs. He appeared on Thursday, December 7 at Hatfield Remand Court.

• Zulfiqar Ali, aged 49, of Sleapshyde Lane, St Albans, has been charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and possession of Class A drugs. He appeared on Thursday, December 7 at Hatfield Remand Court.

• Conrad Thorpe, aged 40, of Denmark Road, Haringey, has been charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. He appeared on Thursday, December 7 at Hatfield Remand Court.

• Dominic Edwards, aged 34, of Perryhill, Catford, has been charged with supplying Class A, possession of a bladed article, being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs and being in possession of a Class B drug. He appeared on Friday, December 8 at Hatfield Remand Court.

• Michak Cornelio, aged 18, of Bressex Avenue, Enfield has been charged with possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply. He appeared on Thursday, December 7 at Hatfield Remand Court.

• A 31 year old woman of no fixed address has been arrested for immigration issues and failing to appear in court in connection with a common assault in 2005.

• A 39 year old man from Hemel Hempstead has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs

• A 20 year old man from Muswell Hill has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and a bladed article.

• A 27 year old man from Borehamwood has been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.

Police have asked if you suspect anyone dealing or taking drugs in your neighbourhood, contact police on 101 or report online via the webchat facility at www.herts.police.uk/report.

Read The Herts Advertiser next week for our exclusive account of one of the drugs busts.

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