Bath councillor Donal Hassett guilty of drugs conspiracy


Following an eleven-day trial at Bristol Crown Court, Donal Hassett, who was a Conservative Councillor for Bath and North East Somerset, has been convicted of conspiracy to produce cannabis.

This verdict marks the end of a South West Regional Crime Squad investigation into the industrial-scale production of cannabis in three properties in Western Super Mare, Bristol and Wroughton.

CPS South West Complex Casework Unit Senior Crown Prosecutor Howard Phillips said: "This was a well organised conspiracy that grew industrial quantities of cannabis in three rented properties using trafficked Vietnamese gardeners. By working closely with our partners in Operation Zephyr we were able to bring the whole gang to justice and rescue three victims of human trafficking."

The operation was described as an organised, sophisticated drugs syndicate. Councillor Donal Hassett rented homes under false details; these homes were subsequently turned into cannabis factories. He was remanded in custody until his sentencing at a date yet to be set.