Drugs gang sentences top 40 years

31/01/2014

Six men involved in the supply of class A drugs in Gwent and South Wales have been given custodial sentences totalling over 40 years at Cardiff Crown Court.

After an eight-month police investigation into the gang's activities, they were caught bringing cocaine with a street value of around £500,000 into the Gwent area. All six pleaded guilty at earlier hearings.

Justyn Hugh, who the court heard was the leader of the gang, was  jailed for 11 years. Luke Postians was sentenced to seven years and eight months, Nathan Williams to eight years and four months, Steven Marchant to four years and eight months, Nicholas Davis to four years and eight months and Gzim Uka to five years four months.

Kelly Huggins, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Wales, said:

"These six defendants were involved in a highly-organised criminal conspiracy which sought to profit from the distribution of illegal substances throughout Gwent and South Wales. Their activities were undone by a highly-professional Gwent police operation which, over a number of months, pieced together evidence from a wide variety of sources including surveillance footage, CCTV and telecommunications data. Using this evidential information, the prosecution was able to build strong cases against all six defendants, leading to their guilty pleas.

"The Crown Prosecution Service is committed to playing its part in ensuring that these types of criminal activities do not go unpunished. Drugs are a blight on our local communities, damaging lives and encouraging other types of criminality. Those who seek to profit from the distribution these substances in Gwent - and indeed throughout Wales - should be in no doubt that we will, alongside our partners in the criminal justice system, work tirelessly to ensure that they are brought to justice."