Portsmouth drug dealer jailed for cannabis and cocaine offences

A drug dealer from Portsmouth has been jailed, after officers from the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) found over 10kg of drugs in his vehicle.

Kenneth Hine, 53, of Almondsbury Road, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class B drugs at a Winchester Crown Court hearing on Wednesday (19/6), after the van he was driving was stopped near junction nine of the M3.

He was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment and an additional three months, to run concurrently, for a separate charge of possession of cocaine which he had pleaded guilty to in May.

Hine was arrested after officers located two large laundry bags full of vacuum sealed bags in his vehicle, which contained around 11.5kg of herbal cannabis.

A subsequent search of his home address found another four kilograms of cannabis, as well as scales, deal lists and snap bags.

When interviewed by police he admitted dealing cannabis within Portsmouth and that he had been apprehended when returning from purchasing the drugs in Leeds.

“Hine was stopped with a substantial amount of cannabis in his vehicle, which inevitably would have made its way onto the streets of Portsmouth.
“We use a number of tactics to apprehend criminals, and continue to work relentlessly to ensure that the south east is a hostile environment for drug dealers to attempt to operate.
“I would urge anyone who suspects that drug offences are being committed in their area to contact police on 101, or by phoning Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”

Detective Sergeant David Bone, from SEROCU’s investigations team