A WIGAN man who was running a Class A drug production operation from his Marus Bridge home is today behind bars.
Ian Hall was sentenced to six years and eight months having been found with a large quantities of heroin and cocaine in his car during a routine police stop.
A search of his Navenby Road address uncovered evidence of Class A drug production including a metal press, packaging and cutting agents.
The 35-year-old pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply on Friday and was sentenced on the same day at St Albans Crown Court.
Hall was stopped by officers driving on the M1 near Hemel Hempstead on the morning of July 3 in a blue Ford Escort as part of a check by a road policing unit, the court heard.
A search of the car found a number of house brick sized packages wrapped in brown tape.
The haul contained 10 kilos of what is believed to be heroin and two of what are believed to be cocaine.
Passing sentence Judge Plumstead highlighted the quality of detective work that went into a “swift deliverance of justice”.
The search of Hall’s Wigan home was conducted by Hertfordshire police officers working with colleagues from Greater Manchester Police.
Det Insp Ian Butler from Hertfordshire Constabulary said: “This man was only arrested a few weeks ago and is already in prison for the serious crime he committed.
“I hope this serves as a warning to anyone else that chooses to use the roads to commit offences such as these that this will not be tolerated.
“If you are involved in trafficking drugs, either as couriers or in more substantive role, you should expect severe custodial sentences.
“If you are under pressure to carry out this type of criminality or have information which could assist the police, please contact local officers.
“Your calls do add up and allow us to target offenders and bring them to justice.”