Operation LEAP

Eight sentenced to over sixty five years in custody

Eight people have been convicted at Norwich Crown Court today, Friday 18 April 2013 of offences of money laundering and drug trafficking following a 6 week trial. This followed a protracted investigation across Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and West Yorkshire, conducted by officers from the Eastern Region Asset Recovery Team (Eastern RART) which forms part of the Eastern Region Specialist Operation Unit (ERSOU).

They were charged following the execution of search warrants by officers from Eastern Region Specialist Operation Unit (ERSOU), in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and West Yorkshire

The defendants, six men and two women were charged following the execution of search warrants on Thursday 12th July 2012, as part of Operation Leap – an investigation into Money Laundering and Drug Trafficking conducted by the Eastern RART.

Search warrants were executed at the following addresses:

  • Ellen Crescent, Spalding, Lincolnshire.
  • Church Lane, Crowland, Lincolnshire.
  • Begdale Road, Elm, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.
  • Silt Road, Nordelph, Downham Market.
  • Artillery Street, Heckmondwicke, West Yorkshire.
  • Ashwell Road, Heaton, Bradford.
  • A business premises in Wisbech, Cambs.

Those arrested and charged include:

David Higginson, 67 of Begdale Road, Elm, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire was sentenced to twelve years after he entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, namely Heroin and money laundering offences.

Paul Higginson, 38, of Begdale Road, Elm, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire was sentenced to ten years and eight months in custody following an earlier guilty plea to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, namely Heroin and money laundering offences.

Denise Higginson, 58, of Begdale Road, Elm, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire was sentenced to six for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, namely Heroin.

Sarah Jane Higginson, 36, of Silt Road, Nordelph, Nr Downham Market Norfolk was sentenced to six and a half for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, namely Heroin and money laundering offences.

Paul Ward, 43, of Silt Road, Nordelph, Nr Downham Market who was sentenced to six and a half years for the supply of Class A drugs, namely Heroin and money laundering offences.

Kabir Hussain, 34, of Artillery Street, Heckmondwicke, West Yorkshire was sentenced to twelve years for conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B drugs, namely Heroin and money laundering offences.

Mohammed Tariq, 47, was sentenced to four years to for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, namely Heroin and money laundering offences.
Darren Driscoll, 37, of Church Lane, Crowland, Lincolnshire was sentenced to eight and a half years for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, namely Heroin.

A ninth defendant - Megan Parr nee Morris, 36 of Ellen Crescent, Spalding, Lincolnshire will be sentenced at a later date.

Detective Inspector Liz Fernandes, who led the investigation, said: “Operation Leap has been the culmination of months of arduous work by dedicated officers from ERSOU and across four police forces. This was a complex investigation that required careful planning and execution in terms of the covert activities we held to secure the necessary evidence and make the arrests. Officers worked long and unsociable hours to ensure those involved did not evade justice and reduce the harm caused to our communities. “

“The communities of West Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Cambridge are safer places as a result of this operation which has caused a major disruption in the supply of Class A drugs in these regions.”

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