Five jailed for Northamptonshire drugs operation

09/03/2011

Four men have been convicted of charges of conspiracy to supply drugs and another for being concerned with importing drugs in a case that CPS Northampton senior crown prosecutor Matthew Thomas said “showed a high level of criminality”.

Freshkumar Kakkad, Ravi Kotecha and Rohit Suvania were found guilty of conspiracy to supply drugs. Kotechas brother, Amit Kotecha had previously pleaded guilty to the same charges. A fifth man, Viktor Maksimov was found guilty of importation of drugs at the same trial. All five were sentenced yesterday at Northampton Crown Court.

In all the defendants were concerned with the importation and supply of drugs with an estimated value of £3million.

Matthew Thomas, senior crown prosecutor at CPS Northamptonshire said: This is one of the most significant drugs cases to be prosecuted by CPS Northamptonshire. Not only was a large quantity of drugs involved, but the defendants involvement with importing and large-scale supply shows a high level of criminality. The judge has taken this into account with the sentences handed down.

Searches conducted by the police on addresses in Kettering and Mawsley revealed large quantities of cocaine, amphetamine and cannabis, as well as equipment which had been used to package and distribute the drugs and documents that detailed their transactions.

Evidence at the scene connected the defendants to the operation and they were charged with conspiracy to supply. Viktor Maksimov was arrested at Ramsgate and linked to the other defendants through material discovered on computers recovered from the Kotechas.

Amit Kotecha pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine, cannabis and amphetamine and was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment.

Ravi Kotecha and Freshkumar Kakkad were found guilty at trial of conspiracy to supply cocaine, cannabis and amphetamine and were both sentenced to 21 years imprisonment.

Rohit Suvania was found guilty of conspiracy to supply cocaine and cannabis and was sentenced to 18 years.

Viktor Maksimov was found guilty of being knowingly concerned in a fraudulent evasion of the prohibition on the importation of cocaine and was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.