Operation Relentless - organised criminal drug dealer jailed
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A drug courier from Portsmouth who ran cocaine into Watford has been jailed for nine years.
Spencer Clarke was arrested in June 2022 following an investigation by Hertfordshire Constabulary’s specialist organised crime team, Operation Relentless. During the operation five kilograms of cocaine, with a street value of up to £360,000, was seized from an address in Southwold Road after the execution of a search warrant. Clarke is thought to have brought drugs hidden in a secret compartment under the boot of a vehicle he owned.
Clarke, 51, of Kirpal Road, Portsmouth, appeared for sentencing at St Albans Crown Court on Thursday 4 January. He was found unanimously guilty by the jury and sentenced to nine years, minus 154 days spent on curfew whilst on bail, for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (cocaine).
Tyler McConnon, aged 28, of Southwold Road, Watford, who was part of the drug supply network and was captured on CCTV walking away from Clarke’s vehicle with the drugs, was previously sentenced to seven years and six months.
Detective Inspector Grant Finnie, from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Operation Relentless team, said: “Clarke was part of a drug supply network which blighted the Watford and Three Rivers 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.”