A man has been sentenced to six years and eight months in prison after being found with £1.1million worth of drugs near Hemel Hempstead.
Ian Hall, 35, of Navenby Road, Wigan, was arrested on the morning of Thursday, July 3.
He had been driving a blue Ford Escort northbound on the M1 between Junction 8 for Hemel Hempstead and 9 for Rebourn. Officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit indicated for the vehicle to pull over as part of a routine stop.
A search of the car found a number of house brick sized packages wrapped in brown tape.
These contained 10 kilos of what is believed to be heroin and two of what are believed to be cocaine.
He pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs at St Albans Crown Court on Friday and was sentenced on the same day.
The subsequent investigation after Ian Hall’s arrest was led by officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit.
A search of his home address in Wigan in conjunction with Greater Manchester Police revealed further evidence of Class A drug production.
This included a metal press, packaging and cutting agents in the form of barrels of the chemical Aminobenzoate.
On passing sentence Judge Plumstead commented on the quality of the work that went into a ‘swift deliverance of justice’.
Detective Inspector Ian Butler from the Serious and Organised Crime Group, based at Hertfordshire Constabulary Headquarters in Welwyn Garden City said: “This man was only arrested a few weeks ago and is already in prison for the serious crime he committed.
“I hope this serves as a warning to anyone else that chooses to use the roads of Hertfordshire to commit offences such as these that this will not be tolerated and that if you are involved in trafficking drugs, either as couriers or in more substantive roles, you should expect severe custodial sentences.
“If you are under pressure to carry out this type of criminality or have information which could assist the police, please contact officers – or call Crimestoppers anonymously. You calls do add up and allow us to target offenders and bring them to justice.”
The Herts Police non-emergency number is 101 and you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
A message from Herts Police...
“While Hertfordshire does not have a large problem with drugs and drug dealing, we know there are drug dealers living and operating within the county, sometimes making lives a misery for their neighbours and supplying drugs to people within our communities.
“In reality, most drug dealers are ‘low level’, peddling illegal substances at street level to drug users, but there is still a need to tackle drugs misuse because of its effect on other people around them.
“Class A drugs like heroin and crack cocaine are incredibly addictive and often lead to crime in order to raise the money needed to fund a drug habit. A very high proportion of ‘acquisitive’ crimes like burglary, theft and vehicle crime in which property is stolen, are carried out by people who have some form of addiction.
“We want to remove drug dealers from our society and help to reduce the number of people becoming hooked on drugs and into a downward spiral of drugs and crime.
“In Hertfordshire there is a programme of rehabilitation for anyone arrested for any offence who is a drug user. They are offered help to steer them away from drugs in the future.
“The Drugs Interventions Programme (DIP) not only helps the individual’s health and welfare but improves the quality of life for their friends, family and even neighbours. It also helps reduce crime overall as it can bring to an end an addict’s need to commit crime to fund a drug habit.
“The programme is delivered as a partnership between Hertfordshire Constabulary, Hertfordshire County Council, Turning Point, Hertfordshire Probation Service and Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.”