Man jailed for drugs offences

06/02/2012

Kilos of cannabis and amphetamine were found after police stopped a van near Harpenden.

Keith Ellis, 51, was discovered with 142 bars of cannabis in the Vauxhall Corsa on the Lower Luton Road.

When officers went to his home in Harkness Close, Cheshunt they found more cannabis and amphetamine, St Albans Crown Court heard on Friday, 03 February 2012.

Michael Speak, Senior Crown Advocate for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said there was 42.9 kilos of cannabis resin, 5.03 kilos of herbal cannabis and 12 kilos of amphetamine. The street value of the drugs ranged between £200,000 and £325,000.

Ellis pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cannabis and possessing 92.7 grams of cocaine with intent to supply.

Defence barrister Michael Morris said the cocaine had been given to Ellis, a cocaine addict, as payment for transporting the cannabis. He was to sell some to pay for his addiction and powder the rest for his own use.

He said Ellis was living a normal life until his father's death 9 years ago. "He was unemployed and people got to him. He was driving a van that was not insured and not registered to him. He got sucked into something, " said Mr Morris.

Since being held on remand in prison he had passed an NVQ in painting and decorating and was training to be a "listener" to other inmates, he said.

Judge John Plumstead jailed him for 4 years saying: "You were a trusted custodian of very high value drugs that went well into six figures. You involved yourself in a large scale drug business."

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