Two men from Aldershot have been handed prison sentences totalling more than eight years after running a major drug operation and ‘causing misery to the community’.
The pair shipped in Class A drugs from London and sold them in the town, Winchester Crown Court heard on Friday (November 20).
Jonathan Conlon, 40, and Karl Hallam, 36, ran the major drug operation together from September 2013 until their arrest in April 2014, selling crack cocaine and heroin, joined by Conlon’s ex-wife, Tammy Redfearn, 36.
Surveillance footage captured by Hampshire Constabulary during its Operation Eleverson helped lead to their arrest on April 29 last year, as well as analytical data that showed patterns of criminal behaviour.
The footage shows Hallam dealing drugs in the afternoon, with children just feet away.
Hallam was jailed for five years and eight months and Conlon was jailed for two years and eight months.
Redfearn was given a 15 month sentence suspended for two years.
The court was told Conlon, who lived with Redfearn at Pegasus Avenue, travelled up to London so he could smuggle half ounces of crack cocaine and heroin back to Aldershot.
Father-of-three Conlon made a total of 11 trips to the capital over the course of their seven-month operation.
Once the heroin and crack cocaine was at the then-married couple’s home, Hallam would be given the drugs so that he could sell them in the town.
When Hallam visited Conlon’s house and he was not in, Redfearn would let him in their home so he could pick up the drugs.
The court heard that Hallam, who lived at Lancer Court, was arrested in January 2014 after police found £360 worth of crack cocaine and digital scales at his home.
Hallam, who was described as a ‘career drug dealer’, was released on bail but continued to operate with Conlon and Redfearn.
When Conlon was bailed after being arrested, he fled to Ireland where he has family, but was caught again trying to enter the UK on March 11 of this year.
Hallam has a long history of drug offences which date back to 1999 and he has appeared in court nearly 30 times.
Conlon also has a long history of drug offences as well as violent crimes.
Redfearn was also given a 12 month supervision order and ordered to attend 12 sessions at a women’s group.
Hallam admitted two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
Conlon admitted two counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs and Redfearn admitted two counts of being involved with the supply of Class A drugs.
'Scourge of society'
Judge Andrew Barrett condemned both the selling and using of drugs as he sentenced the trio.
“Class A drugs are the scourge of society and those who get involved in the operation of them destroy lives," he said.
“The taking of such drugs is to be avoided at all costs and those who get involved in pushing or selling drugs merit prison sentences - and long sentences at that.
“Mr Hallam, you are a man of 36 years of age who has 29 court appearances and a total of four offences, it is blatantly clear that you have not learnt.
“Jonathan Conlon, you became involved in shipping the drugs from London to Hallam in Aldershot which is street dealing.
“Both of you deserve prison sentences for your crimes so there is no doubt you will be locked up.
“As for you Tammy Redfearn, you have seen what happens when you get involved with drugs and you have medical and personal problems too.
“It seems to some extent you were vulnerable and taken advantage of. I trust that you will behave and not get involved with drugs again.”
In mitigation, James Newton-Price, defending Conlon, said: “He does have previous offences but in fairness to him there has been nothing in recent years and he pleaded guilty, so credit is due to him.
“He shows sufficient insight in to his own life and knows that he has to turn things around.”
Detective Constable Toby Wilson, of Hampshire Constabulary, said the investigation targeted those responsible for ‘bringing misery’ to members of the Aldershot community over a seven month period.
“Karl Hallam in particular is a career drug dealer and the fact that the footage shows him dealing drugs with children a few feet away in mid-afternoon highlights his complete disregard for any sense of ethical regard,” he said.
“These sentences should act as a stark warning to anyone who feels they can get involved in the supply of drugs in our town, that they will be caught and we will work tirelessly to put them before the courts.”
The trio will all be subject to confiscation orders, which will stay with them for life.