Police cracking down on class A drug dealing in Hemel Hempstead have raided a number of homes this week.
Officers from the town’s police station have been working on long-term Operation Calamus, which uses covert as well as overt methods of tracking down Somalian drug suppliers from London, some of whom have muscled their way into the homes of vulnerable people including drug addicts and the mentally ill in Hemel Hempstead.
The drug lords, who are suspected to be involved in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine, have had a base in the town for around three months.
Det Sgt Craig Flint from the local crime unit said: “There are a nucleus of addresses that are being used for supply. This is causing a lot of problems in the community, such as a rise in anti-social behaviour and violent crime.
“We have got some target individuals and a plan in place, and we are searching these properties to gather intelligence and get a bigger picture of what is happening. It is about disrupting these dealers and promoting public safety.”
If you have suspicions about drug dealing in your neighbourhood, call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.