Two Bedford men are among a gang of 14 who supplied cocaine and ecstasy across London and East Anglia who have been jailed for a total of 74 years and four months.
Officers from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) launched an investigation into the organised crime group in 2013. The gang used a recruitment agency business in Slough to cover as a front for the drug dealing and also used street dealers to supply cocaine and MDMA across the region.
An extensive covert investigation culminated in arrests in Hertfordshire, Essex, London, Slough and Reading.
Officers seized 3.3kg of cocaine with a street value of £138,000, 4.4kg of MDMA with a street value of £560,000 and £60,733 in cash.
Twelve men and a woman pleaded guilty to various drugs offences and were sentenced at early hearings. A further defendant was also jailed after being convicted following a trial.
Today (Friday), the final defendant was sentenced for his role in the drugs chain.
Laurie Gillan, 44, from Barnet, was jailed for seven years at St Albans Crown Court. He had been convicted of conspiracy to supply cocaine following a trial. He was jailed for seven years.
Detective Inspector Gary Bloomfield, from ERSOU, said: “This was a complex and organised crime syndicate which was supplying a large amount of drugs across the eastern region.
“ERSOU conducted a large scale investigation into their activity to ensure we could dismantle the operation, seizing a significant quantity of drugs which had been destined for the streets of our cities and towns and securing enough evidence to ensure they received lengthy custodial sentences.
“Drug trafficking is by no means a victimless crime and causes misery to communities through addiction and associated anti-social behaviour and other criminality.
“This case should send a clear message that we will not tolerate the use and supply of drugs and will continue to target and disrupt drug supply networks and will seek to bring to justice anyone involved in this crime.”
Darren Hester, 35, from Bedford, was sentenced to four years for possession with intent to supply cocaine. He had 250 grams cocaine with a street value of £10,000.
Stephen Dandy, 45, from Bedford, was jailed for three years and four months for possessing cocaine with intent to supply 290 grams of cocaine with a street value of £11,600.
Colin Muncey, 56, from Windsor, was convicted of conspiracy to supply cocaine and two counts of money laundering after more than £50,000 was discovered in his car when he was arrested. He was jailed for a total of six-and-a-half years.
Nicholas Sofroniou, 36, from Burnham, Slough, pleaded guilty conspiracy to supplying cocaine and was jailed for eight years and eight months.
Milroy Nadarajah, 44, from Borehamwood, admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine and was jailed for eight years. He had 128.6 grams of cocaine with a street value of £5,120 when he was arrested.
Jason Boyce, 41, from Tottenham, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and possession of a firearm (pepper spray) and was sentenced to four years.
Mark Glencross, 46, from Stevenage, jailed for seven years and four months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine. He had 259 grams of cocaine with a street value of £10,360 on his arrest.
Nadeem Younas, 37, from Stevenage, was sentenced to six years and four months after admitting possession of cocaine with intent to supply. He had 995 grams of cocaine with a street value £39,800.
Dehl Carey, 37, from Loughton, Essex, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years after pleading guilty of £560,000.
Scott Matthews, 36, from Woolhampton, was jailed for four years after admitting two counts of possessing cocaine with intent to supply.
Ian O’Leary, 32, from Uxbridge, was jailed for four years after admitting possession of cocaine with intent to supply. He had been arrested in possession of 1kg of cocaine with a street value of £39,960.
Leroy Brandy, 35, from Bradford, was jailed for four years after pleading guilty to possessing cocaine with intent to supply. He had been caught with 402 grams of the drug with a street value of £16,080.
Toby Donovan, 46, from Buckhurst Hill, was jailed for two years and eight months for possession of cocaine and attempted possession with intent to supply. He was caught with 26.2 grams of cocaine with a street value of £1,048 and £4,250 in cash.
Mandy Stookin, 41, from Borehamwood, was given a six-month suspended sentence after she admitted assisting in the commission of an offence believing it will be committed.