'We're determined to drive drugs out of Hatfield'
PUBLISHED: 13:00 28 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:40 28 September 2017
Police have made a number of arrests after carrying out a series of raids across Hatfield in the last week.
In their fight against Class A and Class B drugs in the town, police have smashed through the doors of a number of properties as they raided the addresses.
They also used stop-and-search powers when they came across people acting suspiciously.
The week of action was rolled out as part of Operation Vinic - “an ongoing drive aiming to tackle Class A and Class B drugs offences in Hatfield and associated anti-social behaviour, some of which is believed to be fuelled by offenders crossing over Hertfordshire’s borders from London”.
On Tuesday, September 19, police carried out a raid in St Michael’s View, Hatfield.
While in the property, officers seized what is believed to be two wraps of Class A drugs, cash and drugs paraphernalia.
A 42-year-old Hatfield man was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.
He has been released pending further investigation.
Alison James, 40, was also arrested at the address.
She was charged and bailed with possession of Class A drugs, due to return back in court on October 10.
On Wednesday, September 20, police raided an address in Jubilee Court, Hatfield.
No-one was in but drugs paraphernalia was found.
When police were searching the address, a main arrived in a car and appeared to be behaving suspiciously.
Officers searched him and his car and discovered five bags of cannabis.
As a result, a 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply.
He was released pending further investigation.
While on patrol in the Birchwood area of Hatfield on Friday, September 22, officers saw a vehicle in Great Heath.
After the driver visited an address on the street, officers investigated.
As a result, a 21-year-old man from Hatfield was arrested on suspicion of possession of cannabis.
He was given a caution for cannabis and released under investigation for drug driving.
Officers then conducted a search at an address in Great Heath and 45 “deal bags” of cannabis worth around £450 were found, plus cash and drugs paraphernalia.
As a result, a 21-year-old man from Hatfield and an 18-year-old woman from St Albans were arrested on suspicion of possession of a Class B drug with intent to supply.
They were both released pending further police investigations.
On Monday, September 25, police returned to the Birchwood area and searched people who appeared to be behaving suspiciously.
As a result, Leslie Ruddick, 29, of Goldings House, Hatfield, was arrested and charged with possession of a Class A drug.
He is due in court on October 13.
Officers then raided an address in St Michael’s View and seized a large amount of Class A drugs - about 50 wraps of what is believed to be crack and heroin.
Damien Martin, 42, of St Michael’s View, was charged with possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply.
He was remanded at court and is due to appear on October 27.
On Tuesday, September 26, officers continued Operation Vinic patrols.
While in Link Drive they spotted people behaving suspiciously.
They arrested three people - from Hackney, Ilford and Hayes.
Maxwell Silwando, 26, of Lydford Road, Hackney was charged with Possession of Class B Drugs and Possession of an Offensive Weapon.
He is due to appear at Hatfield Remand Court on October 17.
Sadaq Omar, 18, of Silverdale Road, Hayes was also arrested in connection with breaching former court orders and two counts of failing to appear court.
He currently remains in police custody.
A 19-year-old from Ilford was released without charge.
Detective Inspector John Hazeldine said: “As drugs can genuinely blight local communities, we are determined to do everything to put a stop to such offences and drive these crimes out of Hatfield.”
UPDATE: Yesterday, Wednesday, September 27, police carried out a raid at Wood Common.
No-one was in the property at the time and no items were seized.
In total, as of today - Thursday- there have been 18 arrests in connection with Operation Vinic.