Reading drug gang jailed for 90 years

Eighteen people have been sentenced for more than 90 years following Operation Saffron - an organised crime group operating in Berkshire.

Drugs gang sentenced for more than 90 years

Eighteen people have been jailed for more than 90 years as part of Operation Saffron - which is an investigation into an organised crime group in Reading.

The latest defendants were sentenced at Reading Crown Court this week following a number of operations carried out by Thames Valley Police.

They disrupted 'Ace Crew', which is a group known for selling crack cocaine and heroin in the Oxford Road area of Reading.

Abdul Khan, 28, from Tilehurst was jailed for 12 and a half years and was linked to 25 known drug deals.

Waheed Khan, 21, from Parkside Road, was jailed for 6 years; Harry Carmichael, 24, from Auckland Road, was jailed for 11 years and Adeel Tahi, 31, from Westbrook Road, was jailed for five years.

Officers identified a number of drugs networks evidencing Class A drugs dealing of crack cocaine and heroin. The sentences handed down to these people have been the result of coordinated work by a large number of officers across the Thames Valley area. As a result of the operation, resulting intelligence suggests the “Ace Crew” is no longer the force it once was.”

– Det Insp Bruce Riddell, leads the operation