Eight arrested in connection with drugs, weapons and conspiracy to steal in Potters Bar

PUBLISHED: 11:31 13 November 2018 | UPDATED: 11:38 13 November 2018

Chief inspector Steve O'Keeffe. Picture: Herts Police.

Chief inspector Steve O'Keeffe. Picture: Herts Police.

Herts Police

Police in Potters Bar have swooped on eight suspects in connection with planning to steal vehicles, and drugs and weapons offences, in a covert operation.

During the hours of darkness last week, the police operation targeted suspects involved in thefts from vans.

Police were assaulted in the process of detaining some of the suspects, according to Hertsmere chief inspector Steve O’Keeffe

The arrests were:

• Two 19-year-old-men, one 20-year-old man, and one 17-year-old, all from Essex, arrested in Potters Bar on suspicion of conspiracy to steal motor vehicles.

• A 19-year-old man and a 22-year-old man from Potters Bar, both arrested on suspicion of possession of class A and B drugs with intent to supply, possession of offensive weapons, assaulting a constable, and obstructing a constable.

• A 24-year-old man from Potters Bar was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, being concerned in the supply of class A drugs, and taking a vehicle without consent.

• A 25-year-old man from Potters Bar was arrested on suspicion of possession of class A drugs and five thefts from motor vehicles in the town.

CI Steve O’Keeffe said: “This operation has been intelligence-led and it has enabled the targeted deployment of covert officers to detect and disrupt crime in Potters Bar.

“I would like to commend my officers in the number of arrests made. I am grateful for the wider Potters Bar community supporting officers with their investigation by providing CCTV footage from recent offences in the area.”

All suspects have been released under inspection while enquiries continue.

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