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Eastern Region Special Operations Unit takes arrest tally to more than 400

The police unit tasked with tackling serious and organised crime in Hertfordshire and the rest of the East of England region has made more than 400 arrests and seized 113kg (249lb) of drugs in 2018.

The regional organised crime unit, part of the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU), is tasked with managing the threat posed from crime types such as firearms supply, county drugs lines, child sexual exploitation, cybercrime and modern-day slavery.

In 2018, officers from the unit arrested 438 people, secured jail sentences of almost 500 years, recovered 63 firearms and seized 90kg (198lb) of class A drugs and 23kg (51lb) of cannabis.

Almost £5 million has also been confiscated by the unit from convicted criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act, and 27 account freezing orders have been secured using new legislation introduced this year.

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