£6m drugs gang jailed

Members of an organised drugs ring who were supplying cocaine across the Canterbury and South Coast area have been jailed today.

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Drugs seized at the Channel Tunnel

A 42-year-old Dutch man has been charged with drug smuggling after Border Force officers at the Channel Tunnel entrance in Coquelles, France seized drugs with an estimated street value in excess of £5 million.

Exact quantities are still being assessed but the haul included heroin, amphetamine and cannabis.

The drugs were discovered on Saturday when officers stopped and searched a Dutch-registered lorry. The drugs were found in brown cardboard boxes within the vehicle’s load of empty plastic containers.

Hendrik DEKKER, from Nijkerk, Netherlands, appeared at Folkestone Magistrates Court yesterday, charged with the importation.

He pleaded not guilty and was remanded in custody.

Paul Morgan, Director of Border Force South East and Europe said:

“This was an excellent seizure by our officers and it has kept a large amount of harmful drugs off our streets.

“We will continue to work hard to keep our borders safe and crack down on drug smuggling.”

Man jailed for over seven years for drug smuggling

A man from Kent has been jailed for seven and a half years for trying to smuggle approximately £520,000 worth of drugs into the country.

Thomas Mayes was found attempting to smuggle in around 10 kilos of amphetamine and a kilo of cocaine.

He was stopped by Border Force officers in February at Dover's Eastern docks.

When questioned, he told officers he had been to Belgium to pick up market goods for sale in the UK. Officers searched his vehicle and found the drugs under a false floor in the vehicle.

Thomas Mayes, who is 23-years-old has been jailed for seven and a half years Credit: Home Office

He was arrested and the investigation was passed on to the National Crime Agency.

Mayes pleaded guilty at a hearing at Canterbury Crown Court and was sentenced today.

Paul Morgan, Director of Border Force South East and Europe said, "Drug trafficking is a serious offence and those convicted will face prison sentences. Our message to those who would consider it is that it's just not worth it."

The drugs were found under a false door in Mayes' vehicle Credit: Home Office


Drugs worth £5 million found in Thames Valley

Five people have been charged in connection with the seizure of around £5 million worth of drugs found in the Thames Valley.

All five men were arrested within the Thames Valley and Kent and charged with conspiracy to import heroin and cocaine and conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine.

The men are:

  • Martin Gray, aged 31
  • David Bowen, aged 42
  • Shorne Ross, aged 42
  • Yemi Aiyegbusi, aged 35
  • Razaki Hakan, aged 41

The charges are in connection with the seizure of a large amount of drugs, as well as £50,000 in cash, a hydraulic press and other drug paraphernalia.

The items were seized on Monday from a vehicle on the M40 and at properties in Woodstock and Oxford.

Mum wants to meet supplier of drug that killed daughter

Martha Fernback
Martha Fernback, 15, died after taking ecstasy last year

The mother of a teenager from Oxford who died after taking the drug ecstacy, says she wants to work with the person found guilty of supplying the class A drug which killed her daughter.

Anne-Marie Cockburn's fifteen-year-old daughter, Martha, died last year. She wants to meet Alex Williams, who is seventeen, to help change people's minds about legalising some drugs.

Anne-Marie Cockburn
Anne-Marie Cockburn wants to spread awareness of the dangers of taking drugs

Drugs found in graveyard

Police in Weymouth are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after drugs were found in a graveyard in the Westham area of the town.

At 6am on Saturday 1 March 2014 a member of the public reported seeing several people coming and going from the graveyard on Abbotsbury Road and acting suspiciously.

Officers conducted a thorough search of the cemetery and found a package, containing a large quantity of white powder believed to be a controlled drug, concealed within a tree.

I am keen to speak to anyone who has information about the drugs or the people involved. Two of the people seen going into the graveyard at the time are described as black men - no other descriptions are available. All calls will be treated with the strictest confidence."

– Inspector Pete Browning, of Weymouth Police


Police execute another drugs warrant

Police have executed a fourth drugs warrant in Yateley, as part of on ongoing operation to disrupt and arrest criminals in the Hart area. The warrant was carried out on Friday, January 31 at a property in Heathlands Court on Cricket Hill Lane.

During the search officers seized substances believed to be Class A and Class B drugs, They also arrested a 27 year-old man from Yateley on suspicion of possession with intent to supply the drugs.

A 21 year-old woman from Farnborough was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of Class A and Class B drugs. The arrests follow an investigation into the supply of illegal drugs as part of the Operation Fortress campaign.

We are determined to make the Hart and Rushmoor District a hostile place for criminals. We will arrest, disrupt and bring to justice any criminal caught committing crime in the Hart area. This includes criminals involved in the supply and use of drugs.

– Inspector Chris White, Hampshire Police

Drug warrants in Blackwater

Police have executed drug warrants at three addresses in Blackwater. The warrants were carried out this morning in Hearsey Gardens.

During the search officers arrested a 54-year-old man from Blackwater on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class B drug. A 20-year-old man from Blackwater on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a Class B drug.

A 20-year-old woman from Farnborough on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of a Class B drug. The arrested people are currently being questioned by police. Officers seized substances believed to be Class B drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Class B drugs seized during immigration checks

Around 70 cannabis plants were found in a bedroom at a house in Brighton as officers carried out immigration checks.

The discovery was made at the house on St James' Street Mews.

A 33-year-old Algerian man, who had over stayed his visa, was arrested.

Sussex police are now investigating the matter further and questioning the man.

Richard Lederle, head of Kent & Sussex Home Office Immigration Enforcement team said:

This was an excellent piece of work by all officers involved. Not only did they arrest an individual who was in the UK illegally, but they also prevented a quantity of Class B drugs making it onto our streets.

This was the latest in a series of operation tareting illegal immigration in Sussex, and for those who are living and working here illegally there is no hiding place.

– Richard Lederle, Head of Kent & Sussex Home Immigration Enforcement Team

Man jailed for drugs offence in Maidstone

A Margate man who was caught in possession of drugs in a bar in Maidstone has been jailed for three years and nine months.

Simon Cursons, 31, of Gordon Road in Margate, was seen by door staff at The Source Bar in the Roseyard in Maidstone in March.

He was detained until officers arrived and 11 wraps of MDMA (ecstacy) powder and approximately £100 in cash were seized.

Cursons was charged with possession with intent to supply a Class A drug. The drugs were estimated to be worth between £240 and £480.

Simon Cursons was jailed for drug offence Credit: Kent Police

Detective Constable Martin Barrow from Kent Police said: ‘This will hopefully act as a deterrent to people who attempt to sell drugs in Maidstone, or anywhere else. Drugs ruin lives; not just the lives those that take them but their families and friends too who have to deal with the consequences.’

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