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Swindon drugs gang jailed

Gang leader Fatos Hamzaraj was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment
Gugliemo Rossi was sentenced to 6 years in prison
Paul Boulton was sentenced to 8 years in jail

Four other men were also sentenced for drug offences in 2011 in connection with the seven-man gang.

Wiltshire Police have confirmed the estimated street value of the drugs at £250,000. After testing the cocaine seized, it was found to have a 97% purity so the figure could be significantly higher.

Michael Crossley was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment
Christopher Peter Hemming was jailed for 6 years
Paul Matthew Bunney was sentenced to 20 months imprisonment
Jack Bowen Jones was sentenced to 3 years in jail


2 sentenced for importing drugs

Oil drums containing drugs found in lorry Credit: UK Home Office

Two men from Kent have today been sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court to a total of 37 years imprisonment after being found guilty of importing drugs with an estimated street value of up to £4.9 million.

On 24 February 2010 UK Border Agency officers stopped a British-registered lorry at the inward freight controls at Dover’s Eastern Docks. Officers searched the lorry and its load of mixed goods.

One of the consignments consisted of thirteen oil drums. Officers opened the drumsand found approximately 26 kilos of heroin, 80 kilos of amphetamine, 147kilos of cannabis, over 40,000 tablets and 517 grams of MDMA (ecstasy).

Dean Castle, 31, of Harbour View Road, Dover was sentenced to 20 years Credit: UK Home Office
Carl Haynes, 42, of Upchurch Walk, Cliftonville was sentenced to 17 years Credit: UK Home Office