Man jailed for more than six years after pleading guilty to drug offences – Hemel Hempstead
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A man whose chronic drug-dealing and anti-social behaviour caused misery in the community has been jailed for six years and three months after a targeted police operation.
Keith Stone, of Waveney, Hemel Hempstead, appeared at St Albans Crown Court for sentencing on Wednesday 22 December after pleading guilty to the following charges:
Possession with intent to supply class A drugs (heroin)
Possession with intent to supply class A drugs (cocaine)
Possession of class A drugs (cocaine)
Possession of a bladed article (knife)
The court heard how residents in the street where Stone lived – in the Grovehill area of the town – were at breaking point after having to put up with persistent drug dealing and linked anti-social behaviour at his address.
Intelligence was gathered by officers from the proactive Operation Scorpion team and in June 2020 and July 2021 respectively, they carried out two drugs warrants at Stone’s address – supported by colleagues from the Safer Neighbourhood Team.
As a result, they recovered and seized a large amount of heroin, crack cocaine, cash, burner phones, drugs paraphernalia and various weapons including a Samurai sword and a knuckle duster (pictured below).
In September this year, 47-year-old Stone was stopped by police after calls from members of the public about a disturbance. After officers carried out a search, they found and seized a large kitchen knife which Stone had tucked in his waistband.
Investigator Lisa Brown from the Dacorum Local Crime Unit led the ensuing investigation and went on to successfully secure all four charges against Stone.
PC Sam Carroll, from the Operation Scorpion team, said: “I am pleased that Stone is now behind bars and the residents of Waveney finally have some respite from his activities. “Everyone deserves to feel safe at home and live their lives free of others’ negative behaviour, but sadly we know this isn’t always the reality for everyone.
“However, we vow to always do everything we can to challenge and prevent this from happening, and this case is a perfect example of how we can work together with the community to root out and convict those who choose to deal drugs in our county.
“While we won’t always get an immediate result, we will continue to plug away until the issues are resolved.
“Finally, we were able to achieve this result thanks to a great team effort from all involved in the investigation. I’d like to publicly recognise my colleagues for their help, support and professionalism.”
If you believe there is illegal activity occurring in your street, please tell police. It’s these reports that help officers build up a picture and enables them to take proactive steps to stamp out crime.