Like father, like son – drugs duo sentenced

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A FATHER and son have been sentenced to prison over drugs related offences.

Alan Clark, 54, of High Street, Berkhamsted, was sentenced to four years in prison following a case at St Albans Crown Court on Thursday, November 25.

Clark had pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine, possession of cannabis and possession with intent to supply cannabis on October 25 this year.

The sentencing followed a warrant executed at his home address on August 29, 2008 where an amount of cocaine worth almost £2,000 was recovered.

His son Thomas, 22, of Ashridge Rise, who was arrested on August 29, 2008, was also sentenced in connection with drug offences.

He pleaded guilty on October 25 this year to possession with intent to supply cannabis and possession of cocaine

Alan Clark, who wasn’t at home at the time the warrant was executed in George Street, was arrested shortly afterwards on September 1, 2008.

Judge Jude Griffith said that Clark was “clearly running a class A business for profit”.

Thomas Clark was sentenced to 46 weeks imprisonment, suspended for two years, given a 12 month supervision order, 100 hours of unpaid work and made to pay costs of £600.

In addition to the sentences more than £2,000 was forfeited, which had been seized during the search, to Hertfordshire Constabulary.

In September police raids across Hemel Hempstead led to four people being charged with drugs offences as part of Operation Climb.

The culmination of months of work by officers targeting burglary and drugs supply in Hemel Hempstead saw more than 60 officers from Herts Constabulary storm homes in the Grovehill area of the town in a bid to crack down on drugs supply.