Newport drugs gang sentenced

|News, Drug offences

A gang that brought and distributed nearly £2m of cocaine in the Newport area have been sentenced over a two-day period at Newport Crown Court.

Sixteen people have been sentenced as a result of Operation Finch, which saw the gang being investigated for almost a year before a series of arrests.

The gang used various premises in and around Newport to store the drugs while running a dedicated drugs line from a mobile phone and a courier service.

Iwan Jenkins of the CPS said: “This operation uncovered significant amounts of cocaine being sold on the streets of Newport.

“The group was well organised with each person having their own role to play.  The recovered drugs were of high purity.

“The CPS provided detailed advice from the early stages of this complicated investigation, resulting in these guilty pleas and verdicts.”

A total of 100 years’ imprisonment was imposed over the two days of sentencing.

Notes to editors

  • Iwan Jenkins is the Head of the Complex Casework Unit in CPS Cymru-Wales.
  • All the defendants below were charged with conspiracy to supply a class A drug (cocaine) between 31 July 2016 and 15 June 2018.
  • Jerome NUNES (DOB: 02/11/1990)
  • Blaine NUNES (DOB: 02/06/1992)
  • Tia DONOVAN-JONES (DOB: 21/01/2000) 
  • Angela COLLINGBOURNE (DOB: 26/11/1967) and
  • Khaleen HUSSAIN (DOB: 22/02/1994) were all convicted after trial.
  • Preston KILLORAN (DOB: 29/04/1993)
  • Thomas ALLISON (DOB: 14/01/1993)
  • Daniel RICHARDSON (DOB: 10/02/1985)
  • Liam SLADE (DOB: 16/08/1990)
  • Kieran VODDEN (DOB: 06/06/1995)
  • Joel CLARK (DOB: 19/05/1995)
  • Ashleigh LLOYD (DOB: 29/05/1995)
  • Thomas JONES (DOB: 03/06/1996)
  • Rhys JONES (DOB: 23/12/1994)
  • Joshua SOUTHALL (DOB:15/04/1995) and
  • Matthew CROFT (DOB: 24/04/1990) all entered guilty pleas to the offence.
  • Sentencing took place on 29 March and 3 May 2019.

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