The leader of a £60m drug smuggling ring has been jailed for 21 years after pleading guilty to offences in relation to the drugs importation.
Robert Brooks (aged 50) of Mead Lane was one of four men sentenced for a heroin and cocaine smuggling operation that saw shipments imported from the Netherlands to a rented farm unit in Hunsdon.
The other men jailed were Richard Campbell (49) and Tomasz Wozniak (29), both of Milton Keynes, and Stephen Capp (56) from Hull.
The drug ring was smashed when authotities intercepted two deliveries containing 45 kilos of heroin and 70 kilos of cocaine.
The police operation was the biggest ever drugs conspiracy investigation undertaken by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU), alongside the UK Border Force, National Crime Agency (NCA), Hertfordshire Constabulary and Dutch authorities.
It was discovered that between November 2018 and August 2019, a total of 39 deliveries were made to the farm unit in Hunsdon owned by Brooks.
Detective Chief Inspector Trevor Davidson, from ERSOU, said: "Drugs blight our communities in all manner of ways, driving offending from burglary and anti-social behaviour through to knife crime and other serious violence.
"Our aim is to focus on the major players involved in drugs supply and remove their ability to profit off the misery of others, working alongside law enforcement partners locally and internationally.
"This was a major partnership operation which we are confident has dismantled an organised criminal network responsible for putting tens of millions of pounds worth of drugs onto our streets.
"This is just the latest in a number of recent successes to take down some very high-level criminals. Others looking to line their pockets through the illegal drugs trade should be under no illusion that we will relentlessly pursue them and bring them to justice."
Supt Matt Thompson, from Hertfordshire’s serious crime command, added: "In Hertfordshire we are determined to work tirelessly with our partners and community to identify those engaged in serious criminality to bring them to justice, but also to ensure that we identify and safeguard those most vulnerable to exploitation from organised crime groups and minimise the impact of drugs and crime within our communities.
"This is yet another example of the hard work and success we are having throughout Hertfordshire to tackle the supply of drugs and associated criminality."
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