Seven people sentenced for drugs offences - Milton Keynes/Northamptonshire

22/01/2014

Six men and one woman appeared at Aylesbury Crown Court today, Wednesday, 22 January 2014, and were sentenced to a combined total of more than 50 years imprisonment in connection with a conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, namely cocaine, in Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire.

They had previously pleaded guilty to various offences, listed below, in connection with this case:

Wayne Shirley, aged 42, of Laburnum Avenue, London, pleaded guilty at Aylesbury Crown Court on 22 October 2013, to two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs between 01 December 2012, and 15 May 2013, and between 16 May 2013, and 02 August 2013, and was sentenced to ten and a half years imprisonment.

Michael Mullen, aged 34, of Seaton Grove, Broughton, Milton Keynes, pleaded guilty at Aylesbury Crown Court on 01 November 2013, to two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs between 01 December 2012, and 15 May 2013, and between 16 May 2013, and 02 August 2013, and was sentenced to ten years imprisonment.

Aaron Bain, (also known as Aaron Nyack), aged 26, of South Lawne, Bletchley, pleaded guilty at Aylesbury Crown Court on 22 October 2013, to one count of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs between 01 December 2012, and 15 May 2013, and was sentenced to seven years eight months imprisonment.

David Bell, aged 26, of Sutcliffe Avenue, Oldbrook, Milton Keynes, pleaded guilty at Aylesbury Crown Court on 22 October 2013, to one count of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs between 01 December 2012, and 15 May 2013, and was sentenced to six years imprisonment.

Debbie Bell, aged 32, of Godwin Close, Wavendon Gate, Milton Keynes, pleaded guilty at Aylesbury Crown Court on 22 October 2013, to the charge that on 15 May 2013,  she allowed her premises at Godwin Close to be used as a safe house for cutting, storage and preparation of Class A drugs,  which was capable of encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence namely possession with intent supply Class A drugs, and was sentenced to three years imprisonment.

Jason Bailey,  aged 28, of Lyndsay Avenue, Northampton, pleaded guilty at Aylesbury Crown Court on 22 October 2013, to one count of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs between 16 May 2013, and 02 August 2013, and was sentenced to seven years four months imprisonment.

Robert Burnett, aged 29, of Churchfield, Harlow, Essex, pleaded guilty at Aylesbury Crown Court on 22 October 2013, to one count of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs between 16 May 2013 and 02 August 2013, and was sentenced to eight years nine months imprisonment.

These sentences were a combined result of Operations Daughter, Rupert and Sabine carried out by Thames Valley Police officers in Milton Keynes and Northampton. The first part was Operation Daughter undertaken by local officers from Milton Keynes on 15 May 2013, at an address in Godwin Close, Milton Keynes.

This was where the drugs were stored and mixed.  Recovered from this address was one kilogram of high purity (over 80 per cent)  cocaine, a cocaine pressing machine, one kilogram of the cutting agent benzocaine, tick lists with customer details and an adapted handgun with ammunition.  Aaron Bain and David Bell were arrested and charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. Bell had attempted to escape by jumping from an upstairs window.

Further surveillance work was carried out and on Friday, 02 August 2013, an exchange was witnessed in Northampton between Robert Burnett and Jason Bailey. Whilst this exchange was happening, uniformed officers intervened.  A further kilogram of cocaine, again in excess of 80 per cent purity, and approximately £50,000 were recovered.  This interception triggered the arrest of Mullen in Milton Keynes and Shirley in London.

Under the banner of Operation Rupert, 15 warrants were then executed mainly by Thames Valley Police staff in four areas namely Milton Keynes, Northampton, Essex and London.  Others were arrested and further smaller amounts of cocaine, mobile phones, drug paraphernalia and cash were seized.

This was a challenging investigation but,  with the excellent work of the prosecution team the overwhelming evidence meant that these career criminals had no alternative but to plead guilty.