26 people sentenced in connection with drugs operation - Milton Keynes

31/01/2013

A total of 26 people have this week been sentenced to a combined total of 56 years and six months imprisonment for drug offences following a major operation in Milton Keynes.

This investigation culminated in a series of warrants carried out under the Misuse of Drugs Act executed as part of Operation Rouse on the mornings of 06 and 11 December last year.

Today, Thursday, 31 January 2013, and yesterday, Wednesday, 30 January 2013, 26 people were sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court for offences in relation to the operation.

Details of the sentences are as follows:

  • Remi Akinyemi, aged 29, of Downs Barn Boulevard, admitted four counts of supplying class A drugs, and one count of possession of class A drugs (all heroin) and was sentenced to a total of three years and six months imprisonment.
  • Mohamed Ali, aged 29, of Porthleven Place, Fishermead, admitted two counts of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs (heroin) and was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.
  • Shahazan Ali, aged 31, of Buckley Court, Stony Stratford, admitted three counts of supplying class A drugs (heroin) and was sentenced to 34 months imprisonment.
  • John Baillie, aged 36, of Waterside, Peartree Bridge, admitted one count of supplying class A drugs (heroin) and was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment, as well as five months imprisonment for possessing a bladed article.
  • A 17-year-old boy from Milton Keynes, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted five counts of supplying class A drugs (heroin) and was sentenced to a two year detention and training order.
  • Jason Butler, aged 21, of North Tenth Street, admitted one count of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs (heroin) and was sentenced to six months imprisonment suspended for two years with a two year drug rehabilitation order.
  • Thomas Casey, aged 23, of Mullen Avenue, Downs Barn, admitted two counts of supplying class A drugs (heroin and cocaine) and was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment.
  • Neil Emery, aged 34, of White Alder, Stacey Bushes, admitted one count of supplying class A drugs (heroin) and was sentenced to 17 months imprisonment.  In addition he had a community order for handling stolen goods revoked, for which he was re-sentenced to four months imprisonment to run consecutively.
  • Foad Hirsi, aged 53, of North Tenth Street, admitted one count of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply (cocaine), one count of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs (cocaine), one count of possessing class B drugs with intent to supply (cannabis), and one count of supply of class B drugs (cannabis) and was sentenced to 32 months imprisonment.
  • Ahmed Ibrahim, aged 31, of no fixed abode, admitted one count of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs (heroin) and was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment.
  • Swalah Jezan, aged 45, of Speedwell Place, Conniburrow, admitted one count of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs (heroin derivative Monocetylmorphine), two counts of supplying class A drugs (heroin), and one count of possessing class B drugs (cannabis) and was sentenced to three years and ten months imprisonment.
  • Michael McGinn, aged 24, of North Seventh Street, admitted two counts of supplying class A drugs (heroin and cocaine) and was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment.
  • Ismail Nasir, aged 40, of Burnet, Stantonbury, admitted one count of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs (heroin derivative Monocetylmorphine) and was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment..
  • Luke Nesbitt, aged 21, of Goddards Court, Wolverton, admitted four counts of supplying class A drugs (heroin and cocaine) and was sentenced to three years imprisonment. He was also re-sentenced for possession of an explosive device and was sentenced to eight months imprisonment to run consecutively.
  • Abdi Osman, aged 30, of North Tenth Street, admitted one count of supplying class A drugs (heroin) and one count of possessing class B drugs (cannabis) and was sentenced to 22 months imprisonment.
  • Josh Reid, aged 22, a serving prisoner, admitted two counts of supplying class A drugs (cocaine) and was sentenced to 35 months imprisonment.
  • Saleh Sadik, aged 40, of Silbury Boulevard, admitted one count of supplying class A drugs (heroin derivative Monocetylmorphine) and was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment.
  • Ali Shah, aged 28, of Larch Road, London, admitted two counts of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs (heroin) and was sentenced to 32 months imprisonment.
  • Scott Sherwood, aged 35, of Ramsgill Court, Heelands, admitted five counts of supplying class A drugs (heroin and cocaine) and was sentenced to three years imprisonment.
  • Mark Simpson, aged 39, of no fixed abode, admitted one count of supplying class A drugs (heroin) and was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.  In addition he had a community order for theft from motor vehicle revoked, for which he was re-sentenced to three months imprisonment to run consecutively.
  • Kristian Smith, aged 37, of no fixed abode, admitted two counts of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs (heroin) and was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.
  • Luke Smith, aged 20, of Franklins Croft, Wolverton, admitted four counts of supplying class A drugs (heroin and cocaine) and was sentenced to three years imprisonment and an additional eight weeks imprisonment for breaching a suspended sentence, to run concurrently.
  • Joram Thuo, aged 28, of Llewellyn Chase, Old Wolverton, admitted three counts of supplying class A drugs (cocaine) and was sentenced to 22 months imprisonment for each offence to run concurrently.
  • Vanse Kouebitra, aged 23, of James Joyce Walk, London, admitted four counts of supplying class A drugs (heroin) two counts of possessing class A (heroin and cocaine), and one count of possession of a bladed or pointed article (lock knife) and was sentenced to four years and seven months imprisonment.
  • Mthabisi Ndlovu, aged 23, of Woodriff Avenue, Conniburrow, admitted four counts of supplying class A drugs (heroin and cocaine) and one count of possessing class B drugs (cannabis) and was sentenced to three years imprisonment.
  • Fatah Ahmed, aged 27, of Conniburrow Boulevard, admitted four counts of supplying class A drugs (heroin and cocaine) and was sentenced to three years and ten months imprisonment.

Baljit Ubhey OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said: "We have worked closely with Thames Valley Police since this investigation was launched.  These defendants were involved in a professional and organised operation to pedal substantial quantities of class A drugs in and around the area of Milton Keynes.

"The impact on communities of this high level drug dealing is immense. Drugs can ruin the lives of those who use them and damage the lives of law abiding citizens who become the victims of crimes committed to fund drug habits. Since the arrests of these defendants the police have reported a noticeable drop in crime in two of the favoured drug dealing areas. The defendants were motivated by money and the need to fund their own drug habit, without a care for the misery their actions were causing to the lives of others.

"Thanks to a dedicated and detailed police investigation, followed by a robust prosecution, a substantial quantity of Class A drugs have been removed from the supply chain, these big time criminals have been removed from society, and the public has been made safe from their dangerous, harmful, and life destroying activities.

"This case sends out a clear message that the CPS and the police take these offences very seriously and anyone involved in arranging or participating in drug dealing can expect to be prosecuted robustly. We will continue to work closely with our partners to ensure that persons involved in this kind of criminality are brought to justice."

Following the sentencing hearings, Detective Inspector Suzette Allcorn, of Milton Keynes CID, said: "I am pleased with the sentences given out this week. All these defendants were arrested as part of a major operation targeting those who supply class A drugs in Milton Keynes.

"The operation was the result of months of investigative work and careful planning, involving a dedicated team of officers. The strike phase of the operation saw warrants being executed at addresses across Milton Keynes, London, and Northampton.

"Following two early morning raids in December, a total of 51 people were arrested and weapons, large quantities of drugs and money were recovered.

"Drugs cause untold misery, ruin lives and they fuel other crimes such as burglary and theft. Bringing to justice those who deal and use drugs is a priority for us and the conviction of these 26 people will significantly dent the activities and ambitions of those involved.

"The operation was a great success and I believe we have sent out a message loud and clear that we will not tolerate drugs in our communities and are determined to dismantle the criminal networks of those dealing in class A drugs, such as heroin and cocaine.

"The investigation is ongoing and there are people who remain on bail in connection with this operation.

"I would urge the public to continue helping us in the fight against drugs and report any suspicious activity to police through the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101."

Detective Superintendent Barry Halliday, the Milton Keynes Local Police Area Commander, said: "Drugs are a problem that Thames Valley Police takes very seriously. The impact of drug use and drug dealing has wide-reaching implications on communities, because drug users have to find ways to fund their habits and as a consequence often commit burglaries, robberies and thefts. It is these types of operations which have a direct impact on reducing such crimes and ensuring those who cause misery to others find themselves serving long sentences in prison.

"I welcome the sentences handed down by the court this week. These sentences highlight the outcome for anyone who becomes involved in the trade of drugs and other associated criminal activity."