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Wiltshire county lines drug gang jailed for more than 50 years

The drug dealers jailed as part of the county lines investigation. Credit: Met Police

A county lines drugs gang that flooded Wiltshire with crack cocaine and heroin has been jailed for more than 50 years.

The gang, which was comprised of six members, shipped the Class A drugs from London to dealers in Swindon and Marlborough.

The operation was headed up by gang leader Linford Goode, who ran the operation while on licence from prison.

Linford Goode was the leader of the gang. Credit: Met Police

When police raided Goode’s house, he was found in possession of a £21,000 Rolex watch and £20,000 in cash.

Sara Kokot, Goode’s accomplice, helped ship the drugs out of the capital by driving them down to Wiltshire in luxury cars.

Sara Kokot shipped the drugs out of London in luxury cars. Credit: Met Police

Between them, Goode and Kokot made more than twenty trips to Swindon in order to keep an eye on the business they ran with Tiffany Smart, 27, Dean Black, 50, Scott Cadder, 33, and Shaun Smith, 30.

Smart, who is from Mistletoe Court in south Swindon, managed the local dealers and housed Goode and Kokot each time they visited.

Tiffany Smart. Credit: Met Police

Cadder, Black and Smith, meanwhile, operated as the local dealers - supplying the drugs to addicts in Swindon and Marlborough.

This was a very successful joint operation between Wiltshire Police and The Met along with the support of the Crown Prosecution Service.

County Lines gangs from big cities are a real problem which is closer to home than some people might think.

Wiltshire may seem like a quiet, leafy county but the reality is that some young and vulnerable people living in our communities are being exploited by these gangs who get them to do their dirty work.

Also, the people purchasing the drugs, who are often vulnerable themselves, regularly commit crime to fund their habit. It's a spiral we want to help them break.

This is proof that working with other Forces and partners, targeting those gang leaders who push hard drugs into our county, we can make a real difference in disrupting major drugs' lines which inevitably wreck lives.

– DI Paul Franklin, from Wiltshire Police's Dedicated Crime Team

What the gang were sentenced to:

  • Goode of Mary Place, Notting Hill, was jailed for 19 years.
  • Kokot of Shepherd's Bush, was jailed for eight and a half years.
  • Cadder of Fairfax Close, East Swindon was jailed for seven and a half years.
  • Smith of Bourne way, Burbage, was jailed for six years.
  • Smart of Mistletoe Court, South Swindon was jailed for eight years.
  • Black of Orchard Close, Marlborough, was jailed for seven years and eight months.

The total sentence for all six defendants was one of 56 years and 8 months.