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6 March 2015, 09:26
A man has been arrested and thousands of pounds seized in St Albans by police investigating human trafficking.
Officers from St Albans Police Station, executed a warrant at 6.45am on Wednesday, March 4th, at Chiswell Green Lane and recovered over £35,000.
Officers from Operation Scorpion, Intervention, Safer Neighbourhood, the Local Crime Unit and the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Tri-Force Dog Unit, entered the address to execute a section 8 search warrant, following reports around potential human trafficking taking place on the premises. Whilst officers searched the site and spoke with residents no offences of trafficking were discovered, however as a result of positive police action a large quantity of cash was recovered.
During the search, over £35,000 in cash was found and a 33 year old man from St Albans was arrested at the address on suspicion of being in possession of criminal property and has been released on bail until 8th April 2015.
Detective Inspector, Pete Frost from St Albans Local Crime Unit, said: "It's warrants like this that highlight the value of community engagement with the local police and I'd like to encourage more people to report anything suspicious to us.
"As a result of the warrant a man has been arrested and we've seized £35,000 in cash. We are currently investigating the origin of this money and whether this is has been obtained through the proceeds of crime.
"Police from St Albans will continue to take a robust approach against all those that commit crime in St Albans and warrants such as this will continue to be executed.
"By working together we can continue to make the St Albans a safer place to live and deter people from being involved in criminal activity."
If you suspect anyone of committing human trafficking or proceeds of crime offences, please contact police via the non-emergency number 101 or in an emergency dial 999. Alternatively people can contact Crimestoppers, the independent charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the secure online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org