Three men arrested following raids in St Albans district

THREE men were arrested yesterday morning (Thursday) after a series of warrants were executed in St Albans, Harpenden and Redbourn.

The operation involved around 30 officers executing eight warrants at residential properties in Swallow Lane, Dellfields and Trumpington Drive, St Albans; Fulmore Close, Harpenden; Lords Meadow, Redbourn and Oliver Close, Park Street.

A quantity of drugs, suspected to be crack cocaine and cannabis, was seized during the raids.

A 17-year-old boy from Luton was arrested on suspicion of possession of class B drugs with intent to supply. He has been bailed until mid March.

An 18-year-old man from St Albans was arrested on suspicion of possession of class B drugs with intent to supply. He was also police bailed until mid March.

A 20-year-old man from Harpenden was arrested on suspicion of robbery. He remains in custody.

The arrests were made as part of the force wide initiative, Operation Scorpion, to drive down crime and make Hertfordshire a hostile place for offenders.

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St Albans Ch Insp Richard Hann said: “We will continue to carry out these operations and I hope it sends a clear message to anyone involved in crime that we will relentlessly pursue them.

“Operation Scorpion has been running in the county since April 2011 and it has already led to the arrest of scores of criminals, including those involved in the supply of drugs and drug related crimes such as burglary and robbery. We are committed to keeping St Albans a safe place for residents and visitors, and keeping crime low in the area.

“I’d like to thank residents for their patience whilst the police activity took place.”

Ch Insp Hann also encouraged anyone who has information about drug taking or associated activity to call police on the non-emergency number 101. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.