'Don't peddle your drugs on our doorstep'

PUBLISHED: 17:20 28 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:02 26 October 2009

Superintendent Dave Wharton

Superintendent Dave Wharton

DRUG dealers will not be tolerated in Welwyn Hatfield, a top police chief has warned. That stark message was issued after a man who drove up from London to sell peddle drugs on our streets was convicted by a jury.

DRUG dealers will not be tolerated in Welwyn Hatfield, a top police chief has warned.

That stark message was issued by superintendent David Wharton after a man who drove up from London to peddle drugs on our streets was convicted by a jury.

Heroin and crack cocaine worth £700 was recovered from a secret compartment in Andre Williams' silver Audi.

The 24-year-old had denied two offences of possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply, but was found guilty on Monday at St Albans Crown Court.

Supt Wharton, speaking exclusively to the WHT, said: "This type of result demonstrates our continued commitment to acting against those who deal in illicit drugs in Welwyn Hatfield and indeed across Hertfordshire.

"We work hard to make it a difficult environment for drug dealers to trade by being pro-active using intelligence.

"The vast majority of residents and visitors to the town are law abiding and are not involved in the drugs scene.

"We will continue to work with our community to make Welwyn Hatfield a no-go zone for drug dealers."

Supt Wharton, a deputy area commander, said officers had carried out numerous operations over the past year targeting known dealers.

He added: "Despite these excellent results, we are not complacent and continue to work with our partners and other agencies to crackdown on anyone concerned in the supply of drugs.

"The public are our eyes and ears in the community and if you see anything suspicious, don't hesitate to call us."

Williams, of Nelson Road, Chingford, will be sentenced later this month.


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