A man from Abbots Langley and three others have been jailed for a combined total of 24 years for their involvement in a major organised crime group that supplied drugs across Watford, Essex, Borehamwood and Luton.
Lee Mussett, 46, of Abbots Road, Abbots Langley, helped to arrange and facilitate the supply of large sums of cocaine, with the gang having imported around 25 kilos worth of the Class A drug between March and May 2020.
The group used an encrypted phone messaging app called ‘EncroChat’ to arrange deliveries and meetings for couriers of the cocaine and cash gained from selling it, as well as planning future crimes.
Mussett (bottom right) has now been jailed for six years and four months for conspiracy to supply cocaine. His co-conspirators also got sentences for the same charge.
Alfie Mancini (top left), 34, of Fore Street, Hertford received a sentence of 10 years and six months, Joseph Reardon (top right) , 35, of Sheldon Square, London, has been jailed for eight years and eight months, and Leanne Campo (bottom left), 37 of Fore Street, Hertford, and Mancini’s partner, got four years in prison for conspiracy to supply cocaine.
The gang were caught by members of Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Specialist Investigation Team, working with Operation Relentless, which is dedicated to tackling organised crime groups.
Detective Inspector Sarah Corr, from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Operation Relentless team, said: “This OCG moved a significant amount of drugs throughout the county, but also into surrounding areas, generating large amounts of money. Using the data extracted from EncroChat to support our investigations, we have been able to identify and arrest dozens of individuals involved in dealing drugs, seizing large amounts of drugs that would otherwise have ended up on the streets.
“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.”