An Essex man who was part of an organised drug network has been jailed for more than six years.
Lee Mitchell, was arrested in February 2021 following an investigation by Hertfordshire Constabulary’s specialist organised crime team, Operation Relentless. During the operation the evidence showed Mitchell purchased 750g of cocaine from an organised drug network. Mitchell was arrested following a search warrant at his address.
Mitchell, 45, from Little Canfield appeared for sentencing at St Albans Crown Court on Thursday 11 January having been found unanimously guilty by the jury following his trial. He was sentenced to six years and six months, for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (cocaine).
Mitchell was part of an organised crime group who supplied drugs to the Hertfordshire, Thames Valley, Essex and London areas. As part of a long running investigation 16 members of the group have been jailed for a total of 166 years.
Detective Inspector Grant Finnie, from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Operation Relentless team, said: “Mitchell was part of a drug supply network which distributed into the Hertfordshire, Thames Valley, Essex and London areas for many years. Successfully dismantling such a significant network will have a big impact on drug use and associated crime within the county. This will also send a message to anyone involved in drug dealing, that Hertfordshire is a hostile environment for gangs and they will be pursued relentlessly.
“Organised crime groups use violence, supply drugs and commit a whole range of crimes that pose a real threat to the community. Operation Relentless is Hertfordshire Constabulary’s response to this on-going threat. As part of this work, we depend on information from members of the public to help us crack down on drug-related crime. Any information you can provide, no matter how small it may seem, could help us to identify and apprehend drug dealers.”