Bedford drug gang jailed for 39 years


A gang responsible for a major drug dealing operation in Bedford have been jailed for a total of 39 years.

Police had been monitoring the operation which involved buying cocaine and heroin in Bradford and bringing it to Bedford, ready for preparing it for street sized deals, Luton Crown Court was told on Friday, 02 March 2012.

When the lock up at Eastcotts was raided on 12 May 2011, 1.4 kilos of cocaine and 1.23 kilos of heroin were found. But police also discovered almost 40 kilos of cutting agents, which would have enabled the gang to turn out 53 kilos of high purity cocaine.

The team also used two safe houses in the town for packaging and distribution, said prosecutor Amjad Malik QC.

Jailing the five men involved, Judge Barbara Mensah said: "Dealing in heroin and cocaine is odious and pernicious. You all played a part in putting substantial quantities of those drugs on the market, causing suffering to others. This was a sophisticated operation and every cog in the wheel was important. The quantity of drugs found was small but it is a matter of common sense that you were not keeping a large store of drugs there."

She said a conservative estimate would suggest in the region of 20 kilos of drugs were handled between October 2010 and May last year with the capability of processing a lot more.

Before the court were Domineco Masciopinto, 31 of Reddall Close, Bedford who was convicted by a jury last month of two charges of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. He was described as the boss of the operation and he was jailed for 14 years.

The Judge said that despite being shot in January last year, he continued with his running of the operation once he had recovered.

Four other defendants pleaded guilty to the two charges of conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine:

Daniele Digiacomo, 20, of Heather Gardens, Bedford was jailed for eight years.

Stefano D'Aniello, 29, of Huddleston Way, Bedford was jailed for seven years.

Michael Capone, 27, of Bromham Road, Bedford was jailed for six years.

James Byrne, 39, of London Road, Northampton was jailed for four years.

Also before the court were Christopher Kostarz, 35, of Cardington Road, Bedford, and Miss Rosaria Kosijer, 34, of Faraday Square, Bedford who both pleaded guilty to allowing their premises to be used for the supply of drugs. They were both given a twelve month prison sentence suspended for 18 months with 200 hours unpaid work. They had both spent time in custody on remand.

Confiscation proceedings against the five main defendants will be heard in September.

The man who supplied the drugs in Bradford will be sentenced later.

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