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27 March 2012, 15:07 | Updated: 27 March 2012, 15:12
Ten men were sentenced on Friday (March 23) to a total of 49 years in prison following a large scale drugs operation in Watford last year.
The operation took place in June 2011, when a series of seventeen warrants were executed in the town. Over 150 officers from specialist units across the county took part which saw 16 people arrested across two days.
The operation followed a police investigation which took place between September 2010 and May 2011 and included covert tactics looking into the organised supply of cocaine and heroin in the Watford area.
The following men, mainly from Watford, appeared at St Albans Crown Court on Friday having previously pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to supply Class A Drugs:
• Arfan Khan aged 27 and of Durban Road West – sentenced to 9 years
• Ahsan Khan aged 25 and from Durban Road West – sentenced to 7 years
• Umar Khan aged 31 and from Trinity Hall Close – sentenced to 9 years
• Simon Alcott aged 41 and from Wiggenhall Road– sentenced to 4 years
• Lloyd Clarke aged 22 and from Euston Avenue – sentenced to 4 years
• Jabraan Azlam aged 25 and from Charlock Way – sentenced to 4 years
• Kazim Khan aged 21 and of Rose Gardens – sentenced to 5 years. He was given a further two years for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs for which he committed whilst on bail following the operation.
• A 16 year old boy from Watford – sentenced to a 2 year youth rehabilitation order
• Hussayn Naqvi, aged 18 and from Longspring West, sentenced to 2 years. He was also given a two year sentence concurrent for other offences which he committed whilst on bail for driving without a licence and no insurance, taking a vehicle without consent and possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply.
• Scott Messenger, aged 21 and from Broadfield Road in Hemel Hempstead – sentenced to 12 months suspended for 2 years
Upon sentencing, Judge Plumstead commended the work of the investigation team and the undercover officers and passed his thanks to the team for their work. He said that during the course of the investigation quantities of class A drugs in excess of 5 kilos would have been supplied through the organisation.
He also stated that the ‘organisation used children to supply drugs’ and that they were a ‘persistent, disciplined and professional outfit’.
Detective Inspector Tannis Perks said: “I am delighted that those individuals who have held the view for a significant period of time that they can supply drugs and consequently ruin lives have been disrupted.
“I would like to thank the investigation team who have shown tremendous commitment and dedication throughout this protracted investigation. I would like to thank the local community for their support and reassure them that Hertfordshire Constabulary working with partners will relentlessly pursue criminals and bring them to justice”
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Four people have also previously been sentenced in connection with the investigation.
• Attar Khan, aged 29 of 24 Trinity Hall Close, Watford pleaded guilty to the possession of Class C drug and received a fine of £65, court costs of £85 and £15 victim surcharge at West Herts Magistrates court in September 2011.
• Lukan Briggs, aged 37 of Whippendell Road, Watford pleaded guilty to the supply class A drugs and was sentenced in October 2011 to community order of 18 months.
• Daniel Frame, aged 31 of Upper Lattimore Road, Watford pleaded guilty to the supply class A drugs and was sentenced to community order of 1 year with 80 hours unpaid work at St Albans Crown Court in February 2012.
• Susan Armstrong, aged 44 of Whippendell Road Watford pleaded guilty to the supply class A drugs and was sentenced to community order of 18 months at St Albans Crown Court in November 2011.
A further two are due to be sentenced on April 11 in connection with the operation; a 16 year old boy from Watford and 18 year old, Bobby Barlow from Rickmansworth Road.