Serious crime and terrorism crackdown on M25 at South Mimms nets '70 wraps of suspected crack cocaine'

PUBLISHED: 11:16 04 February 2016 | UPDATED: 14:25 04 February 2016

A police operation took place on the M25 at South Mimms

A police operation took place on the M25 at South Mimms

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A police crackdown on serious organised crime, terrorism and motoring offences on the M25 at South Mimms netted an amount of suspected crack cocaine and numerous rogue drivers.

Herts Police and other agencies stopped heavy goods and other freight vehicles travelling on the M25 at South Mimms yesterday so that a series of checks could be conducted on them.

In total,35 vehicles were stopped and checked. Numerous people were caught for driving offences.

Some 70 wraps of suspected crack cocaine and an amount of cannabis were seized by police officers following vehicle stop check. Road Policing Units identified vehicles of interest and escorted them to South Mimms services where searches for illegal drugs or viable explosive devices were conducted with the assistance of the Beds, Cambs and Herts Dog Unit, a police search team and Special Constables.

Partner agencies including UK Border Force, HMRC, Hertfordshire Trading Standards and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

Intelligence on individuals, companies and vehicles identified as being or suspected of being involved in other criminal activity, such as money laundering, was also gathered.

This was the first road policing operation of its kind in Beds, Cambs or Herts to include the counter terrorism strand as well as the serious and organised crime.

Sgt Karl McDermott, from the RPU, said: “I would like to reassure Hertfordshire residents that there is no current intelligence to suggest that a terrorist explosive device is being transported through the county.

“However events in other parts of the world have shown that terrorists can use HGVs and other haulage vehicles to conceal, transport and target bombs at victims.

“This exercise has allowed us to successfully develop and test our response to counter any such threat should it arise.

“Working with our partners, we also targeted criminal activity associated with haulage as well those unsafe vehicles that put lives of all motorway users in danger.”

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