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17 August 2011, 14:49
A 15-month police investigation centered on Nottingham and Derby which has seen around four-hundred-thousand pounds worth of drugs seized has come to an end today in the courts.
In total fourteen people have been sentenced over yesterday and today at Nottingham Crown Court to more than 70 years imprisonment. A fifteenth man will be sentenced on 15 September.
The investigation focused on offences committed between the 1st February 2009 and 25th March 2010. An array of controlled substances, adulterants and drugs paraphernalia were subject to extensive forensic examination during the course of the investigation, which saw over 450 fingerprints from the crime group recovered and identified. Over 2,000 items of evidence were also seized throughout the inquiry. The total quantities of drugs recovered were:
The group hired a container which was located within an industrial estate called the Total Trailer and Technology Transport Yard on Redfield Road in Nottingham to store, mix and facilitate the movement of the controlled drugs. The defendants regularly made journeys to this location from the Sinfin area of Derby, where the majority of them lived.
Fifteen people pleaded guilty in relation to a number of charges brought in connection with the operation:
Fourteen of the men have now been sentenced, with Amandeep Sidhu scheduled for sentencing next month (15 September).
In his sentencing remarks, Judge Jonathan Teare said: “All of you were part of an organised group of criminals who were involved, in different ways, in the supply of drugs. Some of you were only on the fringes, some of you at or near the centre, but there can be no doubt that it was organised towards the supply of very large quantities of drugs.
“It is difficult to calculate the exact amounts of drugs that were supplied, or that were intended to be supplied. Some substantial amounts were recovered, as were more substantial amounts of substances used to cut the purity.
“Those towards the controlling centre were operating, no doubt, in the expectation of large financial rewards. Rewards which could only come from the suffering and misery of others, and the impoverishing effect on their communities, by the spreading curse of addiction to illegal drugs.”
Senior Investigating Officer, DI Joe Elliott from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, said: “The tentacles of this crime group were far-reaching. They had associations to other criminals in different parts of the country and the ability to supply multi-commodity controlled substances. These sentences send a strong message that this type of crime will not be tolerated.”
James Allen, Crown Advocate from the Crown Prosecution Service East Midlands Complex Casework Unit, said: “The convictions in Operation Telesse are the result of a successful prosecution of an organised crime group who were involved in the regional and nationwide supply of large quantities of heroin, cocaine, cannabis and what those involved believed was ecstasy.
“The case was prosecuted by the East Midlands Complex Casework Unit who worked closely with the East Midlands Special Operations Unit to bring those involved in the supply of illegal drugs to justice.
“The evidence gathered by the police allowed the Crown Prosecution Service to present a clear and compelling case to the Court.”