Eleven men jailed for their involvement in drug supply - Oxford

24/03/2015

Nine men appeared at Oxford Crown Court today, Tuesday, 24 March 2015, and were jailed for a combined total of 84 years for conspiracy to supply drugs in Oxford.

The men were sentenced as follows:

David Bowen, aged 43, from Mumford Drive, Northampton, pleaded guilty at Oxford Crown Court on 24 July 2014, to conspiracy to supply class A drugs (cocaine and heroin) between 9 January and 10 March 2014. He was sentenced to 8 years imprisonment.

Yemi Aiyegbusi, aged 36, from Walton Street, Oxford, pleaded guilty at Oxford Crown Court on 24 July 2014, to conspiracy to supply class A drugs (cocaine and heroin) between 9 January and 10 March 2014. He was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment.

Shorne Ross, aged 42, from Mumford Drive, Northampton, was found guilty on 23 September 2014, of conspiracy to supply heroin and conspiracy to supply cocaine. He was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment.

Hakan Razaki, aged 42, from Prunuslaan, Aandijk, Holland, pleaded guilty to importing heroin and cocaine on 10 March 2014. He was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment.

Martin Gray, aged 32, from Randolph Avenue, Woodstock, pleaded guilty at Oxford Crown Court on 24 July 2014, to conspiracy to supply class A drugs (cocaine and heroin) between 9 January and 10 March 2014. He was sentenced to 8 years imprisonment.

The above sentences are in connection with the seizure of 21kg of class A drugs - 14kg of cocaine and 7kg of heroin with an estimated street value of around £24 million. Also seized was more than £50,000 in cash, a hydraulic press and various items of drug paraphernalia.

On 10 March 2014, between junction 4 and 5 on the M40 Ross and Bowen were arrested with a Fiat Doblo van. Ross was the driver and Bowen the passenger. In the back of the van was a bag, containing a total of 13kg of cocaine and 2kg heroin.

On the same day Gray was arrested in his car on the forecourt of a Shell garage on Marlow Road, High Wycombe.

Also on this day Razaki was arrested with his lorry at the docks in Dover, Kent. The lorry had arrived in England on a ferry from Holland to Harwich earlier in the day and had met with the Fiat van driven by Ross and Bowen. In the sleeping area of the lorry there was a hidden compartment which had been used to hide the drugs. 42,000 Euros were found at Razakis home address.

Also on 10 March 2014, a warrant was executed at the home address of Yemi Aiyegbusi in Walton Street, Oxford. More than £40,000 in cash, cocaine, heroin and mixing agent was found at his home. Aiyegbusi was arrested on 11 March 2014.

A warrant was also executed at Gray's home. In the garage, 5kg of heroin in a Next carrier bag was discovered along with a hydraulic press, a money counting machine and drug paraphernalia while £5,000 in cash was found in the house.

Martin Gray also pleaded guilty to another charge of conspiracy to supply class A drugs (cocaine) between 15 August 2013 and October 2013, and was sentenced to 10 years for that charge. This is to be served consecutively with the previous offence (details above) making a total sentence for him of 18 years imprisonment.

Gavin Preston, aged 36, from Astrop Lane, Oxford, pleaded guilty to two charges of conspiracy to supply class A drugs (cocaine) between 15 August 2013 to 27 February 2014 and was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment.

Aaron Preston, aged 34, from Ashurst Way, Oxford, pleaded guilty to two charges of conspiracy to supply class A drugs (cocaine) between 15 August 2013 to 27 February 2014 and was sentenced to 8 years imprisonment.

Ali Neziri, aged 32, from Hundred Acres Close, Oxford, pleaded guilty at Oxford Crown Court to conspiracy to supply class A drugs 9cocaine) between 15 August 2013 to 27 February 2014, and was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment.

Ryan Davies, aged 33, from Kelburne Road, Oxford, was found guilty on 28 November 2014, of conspiracy to supply a controlled drug (cocaine) between 15 August 2013 and 12 October 2013 and was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.

Reece Preston, aged 28, from Ashurst Way, Oxford, pleaded guilty at Oxford Crown Court to allowing his premises to be used for the supply of controlled drugs between 15 August 2013 and 12 October 2013. He was sentenced to 3 years and 8 months imprisonment on 06 March 2015.

Dritan Meta, aged 34, of Denton Close, Oxford, pleaded guilty at Oxford Crown Court on 24 July 2014, to two counts of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs (cocaine).  He was sentenced to 4 years and 10 months imprisonment on 21 August 2014.

These convictions follow an investigation resulting in numerous warrants being executed under the Misuse of Drugs Act, on 27 February 2014.

At Gavin Preston's home address in Astrop Lane, Thames Valey Police seized half a kilo of cocaine, £1,000 in cash from a recycling bin and drugs in a kitchen cupboard.

On the same day at Reece Preston's home in Ashurst Way officers seized a large Sainsbury's plastic carrier bag containing Benzocaine, Lidocaine and caffeine (known cutting agents used to dilute cocaine). They also seized scales and food processors all of which were found to contain traces of cocaine.

More drug paraphernalia was found at Aaron Preston's home at Ashurst Way.

A cocaine press and other drug paraphernalia were found in a flat in Nuffield Road, Oxford rented by Gavin Preston.

A further half kilo of cocaine was found at Ali Neziri's house hidden above a wardrobe.

The total combined sentence of all eleven defendants in this case was 92 years and 6 months years imprisonment.