A drug dealer who spent years causing disruption in Hemel Hempsetad has been sentenced to more than six years in prison.
Keith Stone, of Waveney, Hemel Hempstead, pleaded guilty to drug offences and was sentenced to six years and three months behind bars at St Albans Crown Court on December 22.
The conviction was the result of a targeted police operation, following Stone’s anti-social behaviour which caused misery to residents in Grovehill, where Stone lived. The court heard how residents in Waveney were ‘at breaking point’ after having to put up with persistent drug dealing and linked anti-social behaviour at his address.
He pleaded 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)
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.”