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Drugs gang jailed for a total of 74 years

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 (ERSOU) 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 extensive covert investigation culminated in 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.



Hospital's warning over potentially-fatal heroin batch

One man died and four other people were taken to hospital with suspected heroin overdoses in just 48 hours, a hospital said.

It has prompted a warning from doctors about what they believe is a particularly potent batch of heroin being used in the area.

The medics say it is unusual to have so many separate cases of drugs overdoses in such a short space of time.

Olivia Paterson sent this report.

Warning over potent batch of heroin

Doctors have issued a warning about a potentially-fatal batch of heroin which has killed one man and led to a significant increase in overdoses among drug users.

A total of five patients have been taken to Milton Keynes Hospital for treatment so far.

Emergency medicine consultant Vimal Desai said doctors would usually expect to see one or two overdose cases a week but had seen all five in just 48 hours at the end of last week.

He added: “The reaction suggests an overdose of heroin, which appears to be a lot more potent than normal.

"It slows down their breathing and knocks their consciousness-level down.

“We would like to warn anyone thinking of taking these drugs that it may be a more potent batch, which can have a much more detrimental effect and can be fatal.”

Police have confirmed they are investigating the death of a man.

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