Man charged with drugs offence after being spotted by police camera

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First published in News St Albans & Harpenden Review: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

A man has been arrested in connection with possessing cannabis after the car he was driving was spotted by cameras in Harpenden.

On May 3, automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras tracked his car in Luton Road (A1081), where officers located and stopped the car.

After searching the vehicle officers found a quantity of cannabis and arrested 26-year-old Naheed Mahmood from Dunstable, who was later charged with the possession of Class B drugs. He was released on bail to return to Central West Herts Magistrates Court on May 19.

Richard Hann, chief inspector for roads policing, said: "Using ANPR technology we are able to identify offenders who use the county’s roads, track their movements and build up an intelligence picture which we can use to solve a variety of crimes.

"Drugs have an impact on the whole community, not just the dealers and users, and is often the cause of other acquisitive crime. ANPR cameras help us to understand how drugs move in and around the county and who is dealing or using drugs."

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