Drugs gang jailed for 74 years -Fourteen members of a drugs gang who supplied cocaine and ecstasy across London and East Anglia have been jailed for a total of 74 years and four months.Fourteen members of a drugs gang who supplied cocaine and ecstasy across London and East Anglia 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.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.”
- Colin Muncey, 56, from Windsor, was convicted of conspiracy to supply cocaine and two counts of money laundering 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.
- Darren Hester, 35, from Bedford, was senten