Aylesbury drugs gang jailed
Members of a cocaine-trafficking gang operating out of Aylesbury have been jailed today.
The major drugs operation, run by 38-year-old ringleader Elliot Thomson, involved gang members transporting cocaine from Liverpool and Glasgow to Aylesbury, where it was sold on to drug users. Thomson, along with Isa Ali, 39, and Mark Greenhow, 44, were also planning to import more than three tonnes of cannabis from Morocco for distribution in the UK.
Thames Valley Police started to monitor the gang’s movements in January last year. A pattern of activity emerged with Thomson making regular trips to Liverpool and Glasgow to source drugs, and other members then going there to collect them. Gang members were seen meeting up together or with other individuals on their return to Aylesbury, sometimes exchanging packages they had in their possession.
The first arrests were made in July when couriers Stephan Kazeri, 34, and Luke Evans, 29, were driving back from Glasgow having picked up a drugs consignment. They were stopped by police who seized a kilo of cocaine from their car.
The arrest of other gang members followed. Twenty-eight-year old Danielle Shaw’s role in the gang’s operations was to help store the drugs once they arrived in Aylesbury. Devon Blackman, 27, acted as a street dealer, selling the cocaine on to users. His DNA was found on the wrapping of a drugs package seized from a drug user in February, and when police went to Blackman’s home address to arrest him, they found wraps of cocaine ready to be sold. And Marcel Morgan, 28, lived in Wales and travelled to Aylesbury to collect bulk quantities of cocaine to sell back home.
Thomson, Ali, Kazeri, Evans, Shaw, Blackman and Morgan all pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply class A drugs ahead of their trial. Thomson and Ali also admitted to conspiring to import cannabis, along with Greenhow.
Senior Crown Prosecutor Rebecca Waller for the CPS said: “We worked closely with Thames Valley Police to build a case to prove the defendants’ involvement in this major drugs trafficking operation and ultimately disrupt their network.
“It took evidence from phone conversations, CCTV, forensics, phone location data and police surveillance to link the gang’s activities and, as a result, today’s sentences mean that this group of criminals are no longer on our streets supplying dangerous drugs.”
Notes to editors
- Rebecca Waller is a senior crown prosecutor for CPS Thames and Chiltern.
- Elliot Thomson (DOB 12/8/81) pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply Class A drugs (sentenced 9 years 10 months’ imprisonment) and to conspiring to import Class B drugs (sentenced to 6 years 4 months’ imprisonment concurrent).
- Isa Ali (DOB 4/6/80) pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply Class A drugs (sentenced to 7 years 2 months’ imprisonment) and to conspiring to import Class B drugs (sentenced to 4 years 4 months’ imprisonment concurrent).
- Mark Greenhow (DOB 31/8/75) pleaded guilty to conspiring to import Class B drugs and cultivating cannabis plants. He was sentenced to 1 year 2 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years.
- Devon Blackman (DOB 22/10/92) pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply Class A drugs and was sentenced to 3 years 2 months’ imprisonment.
- Danielle Shaw (DOB 14/6/91) pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply Class A drugs and was sentenced to 3 years 4 months’ imprisonment.
- Marcel Morgan (DOB 25/5/91) pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply Class A drugs and was sentenced to 2 years 6 months’ imprisonment.
- Stephan Kazeri (DOB 11/10/85) pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply Class A drugs and was sentenced to 4 years’ imprisonment.
- Luke Evans (DOB 30/3/90) pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply Class A drugs and was sentenced to 3 years 4 months’ imprisonment.
- All defendants were sentenced today (14 February 2020) at Aylesbury Crown Court.