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Prisoners on day release among drugs gang jailed for more than 90 years

Kevin Bell and Anthony Delima-Bell. Credit: Northamptonshire Police.

Two prisoners who continued to run their multi-million pound drugs enterprise while on day release will now remain in jail for much longer.

Kevin Bell, 33, and Anthony Delima-Bey, 32, were both coming to the end of their sentences at HMP Springhill in Buckinghamshire.

But while on day release - intended to help them find work and reintegrate into the community - they used the time to re-establish links with other criminals and continue to supply drugs.

They were part of a gang of nine men and women, including people from Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes, who have been jailed for more than 90 years.

Bell, of HMP Springhill, will serve 12 years in prison after admitting conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Delima-Bey, of West End Road, Ruislip, was given 22 years for the same offence.

During their investigation, police found a "tick list" of names and numbers, believed to be a dealers list. It referred to debts amounting to £13m.

"Both Bell and Delima-Bey showed contempt for the criminal justice system and a flagrant disregard for the trust and privileges afforded them by running drug supply networks from within prison and while on day release.

“We worked closely with HM Prison Service and the Crown Prosecution Service in this investigation. These convictions and sentences are a result of joint efforts and collaborative working.

“We will now continue further work with regards to the financial aspect of this investigation, specifically around the proceeds of their crimes.”

– Det Ch Insp Steve Durrant.

Bell and Delima-Bey's helpers were:

  • Paul Pierson, 36, of Ganymede Place, Hemel Hempstead, who was jailed for 10 years.
  • Zoltan Arva, 39, Spur Close, Abbots Langley, who was sentenced to eight years.
  • James Bell, 32, of Lark Rise, Northampton, jailed for four years.
  • Nicola Abrams, 28, of Windflow Place, Northampton, was jailed for four years.
  • Michael Bell, 34, of Chaucer House, Chaucer Street, Northampton, was given two and a half years in prison.
  • Warwick Cobley, 46, of Northfields Close, Deanshanger, sentenced to 21 years.
  • Blake Ross, 46, of Kingsfold, Bradville, Milton Keynes, jailed for seven years.
The drugs gang, including prisoners Kevin Bell and Anthony Delima-Bey. Credit: Northamptonshire Police.