Man jailed for 5.5-years for drugs offences - Hertfordshire

15/05/2012

Detective's son Thomas Stevens was not exaggerating when he told the police that he had a "bit of weed" in his van.

When they searched the back they found 27.27 kilos of cannabis with a street value of up to £115,000.

David Chrimes, for the Crown Prosecution Service, told St Albans Crown Court on Tuesday, 15 May 2012, that Stevens, from Loughton, Essex, was stopped on Hertford Road, Ware on 27 January this year.

"He was working as a plumber and was stopped by the police who asked if he had any drugs. In what was rather an understatement, he said he had "a bit of weed in the back," said Mr Chrimes.

Officers then went to Stevens' home in Oakwood Hill, Loughton and in a bin area discovered 926 grams of MDMA 'ecstasy' powder and 182.65 grams of cocaine.

The MDMA powder could be used to make around 6,000 ecstasy tablets with a wholesale value of between £2,700 and £3,500. The street value was between £9,000 and £18,000. The cocaine had a wholesale value of between £3,600 and £5,400 and a street value of double that amount.

Mr Chrimes said the cannabis had a wholesale value of between £22,000 to £33,000 and a street value of £77,000 and £115,000.

Stevens pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing Class A drugs with intent and one of possessing Class B drugs with intent. The judge ordered that £325 found on him should be confiscated.

John Dye, defending, said he was "genuinely sorry" for what he had done and the upset he had caused to his family. He said he has a two-year-old daughter and his father is a detective with the Met Police.

He said: "He lost his job in 2011 and became self-employed. He was a recreational drug user but the situation spiralled out of control and he was mixing with the wrong types. It was a way for him to make easy money."

Since his arrest he had been on a drug rehabilitation programme and had been giving negative test results. He sent a letter to the judge apologising for his actions. The court was told Stevens works as a volunteer at Chase Farm Hospital, who had sent the court a reference on his behalf.

Judge Stephen Gullick jailed him for 5 and a half years. He told him: "You must understand that if you act as a custodian for two different Class A drugs and a courier delivering 27 kilos of cannabis resin a prison sentence of some length will follow."

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