A drug dealer who ran a county lines drug network in Hemel Hempstead has been jailed for four and a half years.
Officers from Herts Constabulary arrested Palitey Faye at an address in Coleridge Crescent, Hemel Hempstead on June 26 this year, after a warrant was served on the property.
Officers discovered cocaine in the property with an estimated value of over £12,000.
Palitey Faye, 22, of Southborough Road, London, appeared at Luton Crown Court on August 7, where he was sentenced to four and a half years for possession with intent to supply Class A drug (crack cocaine) after pleading guilty.
PC Rob Harlow from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Operational Support Group, said: “We continue to target those who are involved in county lines drug dealing. These criminals set up their operations in our towns and bring violence, drugs and crime into our communities. Young and vulnerable people are often the ones who suffer the most, being drawn into criminal activities, drugs and even sexual exploitation.
“We have made a significant impact on the county lines networks operating in Hertfordshire over the last year, disrupting gang activities and seizing large quantities of drugs and cash during these operations.
“We continue to work with partners to raise awareness of county lines among young people, parents, teachers and other members of the community to help protect the vulnerable and prevent them from being pulled into this kind of activity.”
If you suspect that a property in your area is being used for criminal activity or you believe that someone you know is being exploited or coerced into crime, please contact Hertfordshire Constabulary via the non-emergency number 101 or report information online at herts.police.uk/report.
If you are part of a gang or believe you are being coerced or exploited by criminal gang members you can get help and advice at fearless.org, which provides non-judgemental advice and allows you to give information 100 per cent anonymously.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at crimestoppers-uk.org.