Cannabis seized in Welwyn Garden City drugs raid

CANNABIS worth more than �200 and wads of cash were recovered from a flat in WGC following an early morning police drugs bust.

Officers from the WGC Safer Neighbourhood team were joined by two armed colleagues for the raid, which took place in Hall Barns, last Friday.

Arriving at the property just before 7am, Pc Joe Clapham smashed through the door with an Enforcer battering ram.

He then stormed the third-floor flat along with six colleagues and overpowered the 19-year-old occupant.

As a heavy smell of cannabis filled the air, the shirtless man was led from the building with a towel over his head and bundled into a waiting police car.

He was then taken to Hatfield police station for questioning, while officers combed the flat for drugs.

As well as dope, officers also found a cannabis grinder, �1,000 in cash and a set of scales which they said had been used for weighing out drugs.

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Speaking after the raid, Howlands neighbourhood officer PC Mike Grigg said: “We received a lot of information about the comings and goings of people throughout the day and night.

“We built up an intelligence picture before we were able to get the drugs warrant drawn up.

“Although WGC does not have a serious drugs problem, we are determined to do everything we can to hinder those involved in the supply and trade of illegal drugs and act immediately on reports of drugs related activity in the local area.

“We are pleased to have seized Class B drugs which will not make it on to the streets in WGC.”

He added: “To those involved in the drugs trade – the message is, we will not tolerate illegal drugs in our communities and will come after you if we suspect you are involved.”

• A 19-year-old man was questioned on suspicion of possession of Class B drugs and possession of Class B drugs with intent to supply.

He was released on police bail until September.

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