Fourteen members of a drugs gang who supplied cocaine and ecstasy across London and East Anglia have been jailed for a total of 74 years and four months.
Officers from the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit launched an investigation into the organised crime group in 2013.
The gang used a recruitment agency business in Slough to cover as a front for the drug dealing and also used street dealers to supply cocaine and MDMA across the region.
An undercover investigation led to arrests in Hertfordshire, Essex, London, Slough and Reading.
Officers seized 3.3kg of cocaine with a street value of £138,000, 4.4kg of MDMA with a street value of £560,000 and £60,733 in cash.
Twelve men and a woman pleaded guilty to various drugs offences and were sentenced at early hearings. A further defendant was also jailed after being convicted following a trial.
“This was a complex and organised crime syndicate which was supplying a large amount of drugs across the eastern region. “ERSOU conducted a large scale investigation into their activity to ensure we could dismantle the operation, seizing a significant quantity of drugs which had been destined for the streets of our cities and towns and securing enough evidence to ensure they received lengthy custodial sentences.
The following defendants from our region were sentenced.
Mark Glencross, 46, from Stevenage, jailed for seven years and four months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine. He had 259 grams of cocaine with a street value of £10,360 on his arrest.
Nadeem Younas, 37, from Stevenage, was sentenced to six years and four months after admitting possession of cocaine with intent to supply. He had 995 grams of cocaine with a street value £39,800.
Darren Hester, 35, from Bedford, was sentenced to four years for possession with intent to supply cocaine. He had 250 grams cocaine with a street value of £10,000.
Stephen Dandy, 45, from Bedford, was jailed for three years and four months for possessing cocaine with intent to supply 290 grams of cocaine with a street value of £11,600.
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Police in Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire are investigating after two cash machine ram-raids took place overnight in Biggleswade and Gamlingay.
A woman from Gamlingay who lives in a flat above the cash machine has described feeling a 'shudder' through the building as the ATM was ripped from the wall.
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There's been another cash machine ram-raid, this time in Bedfordshire.
Police are investigating the attempt in Biggleswade at around 4am this morning.
Police say a vehicle which they think had been stolen was used to damage an outer wall of a supermarket in Market Square. But the offenders made off without the cash machine.
There have been a number of ram-raids across the region, earlier this week one in Whittlesey near Peterborough was targeted along with another raid in Harlow the week before.
Bedfordshire Police is advising businesses in the county to remain vigilant against activity of this kind following the theft of a number of large agricultural and high-powered vehicles from within Bedfordshire and neighbouring force areas.
Businesses which have cash points on their premises are being asked to ensure employees are aware of the risk and that they know to report any suspicious activity involving individuals or vehicles to police.
Farmers and those with agricultural machinery are also being urged to secure their vehicles at night and when not in use
A schoolboy has been robbed by a gang of teenagers in Luton.
The boy was walking along a footpath in the woods behind Lea Manor School at approximately 4.10pm on Thursday when he was approached by three men on a yellow moped who demanded he handed over everything he had.
The three men are described as being in their late teens, white, and around six-foot tall.
- One was slim with short hair and wearing a yellow polo shirt with light blue jeans.
- A second is described as average build with short light brown hair and wearing a grey polo shirt and dark blue jeans.
- The third is described as slim with short dark brown hair and wearing a dark blue polo shirt and light blue jeans.
“We are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident, or who may have seen three men matching the description in the area, to contact us immediately. This was a nasty, unprovoked attack on an innocent teenager and it’s important we identify those responsible to prevent them from carrying out further such crimes."
It's been a big week for Milton Keynes.
Thousands of rugby fans are watching World Cup matches there, but this afternoon the town also attracted hundreds of fans of a different kind.
Teenage girls were out in force to meet The Vamps - one of the biggest boy bands of the moment.
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A second arrest has been made by police in Bedfordshire investigating the disappearance of a woman 12 years ago.
Officers detained a 66-year-old man from Luton on Wednesday whilst investigating the suspected murder of Natalia Doherty.
She went missing in April 2003, her last known whereabouts were in Luton.
The man is being held under suspicion of assisting an offender and preventing a lawful burial.