Zero tolerance on drugs coming into Welwyn Hatfield
PUBLISHED: 17:14 03 January 2017 | UPDATED: 17:14 03 January 2017
Police have been disrupting the supply of drugs coming from London into Welwyn Hatfield, seizing nearly £33,000 worth of illegal substances and £18,000 in cash in nine raids.
In the last 12 months, they have arrested 12 people in connection with high value quantities of drugs, including cocaine, crack, heroin and cannabis.
These offenders are now going through the courts with some having been sentenced and others awaiting trial.
Detective Inspector John Hazeldine, who leads Welwyn Hatfield’s Local Crime Unit, said: “Out of 12 names only two are local Hatfield residents, nine are from London and one from the Home Counties.
“The serious drugs supply is coming into Hatfield and then supplying local residents.
“We’re looking at preventing the supply coming into local communities.
“We’re not naive that people living in Hatfield are involved, but it’s an outside influence rather than inside.
“We have had quite notable seizures over the past 12 months.
“We’re reacting to the intelligence that comes in and building cases.
“For every 100 wraps off the street, we’re probably reducing about £5-6,000 worth of theft [shoplifting by drug users to feed their habits].”
Chief Inspector Adam Willmot added: “If 100 wraps hits the streets, there’s a lot of crime associated with that and that’s a lot of crime that can be prevented.”
Mr Willmot highlighted that there had been 184 drug possession offences in the last year and 91 per cent had received criminal justice outcomes.
He said: “It means if you’re caught here dealing drugs, you will get convicted.
“You do get calls from the public to say drug offences are going on. What you get more often is people telling you about them afterwards.
“The message to the public is, if you think something like that is going on tell us because that might be the missing piece of the jigsaw we need.
“People often think it’s someone having a joint and not worth telling the police about, actually it is.”
Mr Hazeldine added: “We have to satisfy that court that it’s not a fishing exercise. People shouldn’t think it’s not worth calling for something very minor.”
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