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Derbyshire drug gang jailed after huge amount of product found hidden in crisp boxes

They were sentenced at Derby Crown Court last Friday.

Five men, who brought 90kgs of amphetamines into the East Midlands from a ‘drugs lab’ in the Welsh countryside, have been jailed.

Officers from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU), along with Derbyshire Constabulary, worked together to disrupt the drug supply chain where almost 90kg of amphetamine was recovered.

The group ordered the ‘raw’ drugs in bulk from The Netherlands and mixed it with other chemicals at a rural cottage in Gwynedd in Wales. They then transported the drugs to principal organised crime group member Keith Harrison’s Leicestershire home.

The drug supply chain was broken earlier this year after officers had been gathering intelligence on the group over a three-month period.

On 2 December 2018 officers searched Harrison’s home in South Kilworth and arrested the 64-year-old on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs. Digital devices and cash were seized, before the officers turned their attention to a van in the driveway. Almost 90kg of amphetamine, some of which was hidden in empty crisp boxes, was recovered from the back of the van.

Over the following month David Smallman, Neil Waring, Shaun Winfield and Robert Richards were all arrested as part of the conspiracy. A number of credit cards, passports, cash and high-value jewellery was seized throughout the enforcement.

After admitting their crimes, the men were sentenced at Derby Crown Court today (29 November 2019) to a total of twenty years in jail.

  • Smallman, 48, formerly of Osmaston Park Road in Derby, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce Class B drugs and possession with intent to supply Class B drugs. He was sentenced to six years and nine months in prison.
  • Keith Harrison, formerly of Swarkestone Road in Derby, was jailed for five years after admitting conspiracy to produce Class B drugs.
  • Fifty-nine-year-old Robert Richards, formerly of Ripon Road in Walsall, also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce Class B drugs. He was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison.
  • Neil Waring, formerly of Berwick Close in Derby, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce Class B drugs, two counts of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs and possession of a stun gun. The 41-year-old was jailed for four years and six months.
  • Shaun Winfield pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce Class B drugs and possession of Class B drugs. The 35-year-old, formerly of Sidney Street in Derby, was sentenced to 21 months, suspended for two years, and orders to complete 150 hours unpaid community work.

EMSOU Detective Inspector Tim Walters said: “This was a sophisticated drugs operation which saw the production and supply of a Class B drug on a large scale.

“This type of crime has a direct impact on our communities and often involves vulnerable people.

“The sentences given will hopefully provide a deterrent to criminals involved in this type of crime that they will be caught and brought to justice.”

David_ SMALLMAN

David Smallman, formerly of Osmaston Park Road in Derby (Pictured above).

Keith HARRISON

Keith Harrison, formerly of Swarkestone Road in Derby (Pictured above).

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Fifty-nine-year-old Robert Richards, formerly of Ripon Road in Walsall (Pictured above).

Neil WARING

Neil Waring, formerly of Berwick Close in Derby (Pictured above).

 

 

 

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