A drug dealer has been jailed for seven years after police stopped a large amount of cannabis from being circulated from Kings Langley.
Paul Lampey of Crewe was sentenced in St Albans Crown Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to a string of offences relating to the cultivation and supply of the class B drug.
The 34-year-old had been renting a property in Kings Langley’s Hunton Bridge which was found to have 200 cannabis plants growing inside. Officers from the Abbots Langley Safer Neighbourhood Team raided the property in November last year.
Lampey was arrested by Thames Valley Police in January, after his details were circulated to other forces.
He was later found to be connected to the supply of the drug after his fingerprints were matched to those found on a box containing 7.2 kilos of street-ready cannabis. The drugs – which had an estimated street value of tens of thousands of pounds – were found inside a van which was stopped by police on the M25 in August 2012.
DC Paul Rowley of the Rickmansworth Local Crime Group said: “This is a great result. The Abbots Langley Safer Neighbourhood Team discovered the cannabis factory whilst on patrol and were then able to identify Lampey as living at the property.
“Through help from colleagues at Thames Valley Police we were able to arrest Lampey for that crime and later identify him for being associated to the dealing of cannabis.
“As a result, a large amount of cannabis has been removed from circulation and a dealer has been put in prison.”
If you have information about suspicious behaviour or suspected drug dealing in your area, call police on 101.