Conservative councillor Donal Hasset has been jailed for his role as the fixer in a Vietnamese drugs gang caught with a haul of £1.1 million of illegal drugs. He was convicted at Bristol Crown Court for conspiring to produce illegal substances for sale. The prosecution described the Tory councillor’s drugs operation as an:
“ORGANISED, SOPHISTICATED DRUGS SYNDICATE”.
One of Mr Hassett’s victims was a vicar who was tricked into a rental agreement by the Tory councillor, who then turned the clergyman’s house into a drug factory.
Hassett’s role was as the “property fixer”, using fake names to trick landlords into renting their homes, which were later turned into drugs factories. His co-conspirators are all Vietnamese. They were the ‘grunts’ living in the properties over seeing the production of the drugs. Hasset’s fellow gang members were:
- Tan Tran, aged 27 was the “courier, assistant” for the operation.
- Ngoc Tran, 38, was the “orchestrator” and was known as “Amy”.
- Ly Nguyen, aged 28, (bottom left) was Amy’s live-in lover.
- Anthony Giorno, aged 62, was Hassett’s builder “mate”.