It’s another early start for drugs raids police

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Police carried out a fresh round of raids today (Wednesday), swooping on eight homes and arresting six more people in their continuing Operation Scorpion crackdown.

The warrants were executed in Hemel Hempstead, Watford, St Albans and North London and the six men held had been under investigation as part of a long-running probe into the supply of drugs into Hemel Hempstead.

Three – aged 31, 34 and 50 – were from Hemel Hempstead, two were from Watford and one came from St Albans.

As part of the same operation a 17-year-old boy from London was arrested on Monday and later charged with the supply of Class A drugs.

He was due to appear at St Albans Youth Court yesterday.

A week ago officers smashed down doors and arrested 15 men and two women as part of string of surprise raids in Herts, Beds and London.

Since then five men have pleaded guilty to charges they faced as a result of the operation.

Paul Stanley, 45, of Alexandra Road, Hemel Hempstead, has admitted handling stolen goods and supply of Class A drugs, Andrew Lockett, 35, of Hyperion Court, Hemel Hempstead, has pleaded guilty to supply of Class B drugs and possession of Class B drugs and Gerald Donaldson, 50, of no fixed address, held up his hands to handling stolen goods and supply of Class A and B drugs.

Danny Francis, 30, of Vestry Road, London, admitted supplying Class A drugs and Christopher Rumney, 27, of Austin Road, Dunstable, pleaded guilty to supply of Class A and B drugs.