Suspected cannabis has been seized by police in Hertfordshire following the targeted stop of a van in South Mimms.

Officers from the Hertsmere Operation Scorpion team stopped the vehicle in Bignells Corner on Friday (7 May).

The vehicle and driver were searched and several bags of suspected cannabis were found.

Officers also seized equipment suspected to be used in the cultivation of cannabis.

It is estimated the suspected class B drug haul would have potential street value of more than £50,000.

The stop took place following intelligence received by the force that the van had been involved in fly-tipping.

Detective Inspector Baz Kaila said: “This successful stop by the Operation Scorpion team means that a large quantity of suspected illegal drugs will not make it onto our streets for sale.

“It also shows how valuable intelligence from the public is in tackling crime. Every bit of information has the potential to result in a suspected criminal being stopped in their tracks. If you believe someone or a vehicle or an address are involved in crime, then you really can make a difference to the community by reporting that information to us.

“Every bit of information we receive is reviewed and we will act on it where appropriate to keep people safe and tackle criminality.” 

  • A 36-year-old man from London was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class B drugs and being concerned in the cultivation of cannabis. He has been released under investigation while enquiries are completed.