FOUR further members of a Worcester drugs gang have been sentenced to more than seven years in prison after more than £125,000 in cash and one kg of cocaine was seized in a raid on a number of city properties.
Following a trial at Worcester Crown Court in November, eight individuals were found guilty of charges relating to supply of Class A drugs, with a ninth being found guilty of a charge relating to money laundering.
They were sentenced to more than 70 years in prison on November 24.
Four further individuals had previously pleaded guilty to charges, and were sentenced at Worcester Corwin Court on Friday.
The group were arrested following raids on a number of Worcester properties in October last year, when a total of £129,348.61 in cash together with approximately 1kg of cocaine was seized.
Maurice John James, 42 of Nash Close, Martley, pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply cocaine and was sentenced to two and a half years in jail
James Southall, 33 of Canterbury Road, Worcester, pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply cocaine and was sentenced to two and a half years in jail
Sam Mann, 26 of Larkspur Road, Worcester, pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply cocaine and was sentenced to two and a half years in jail
Ben Trainer, 26 of Marsh Avenue, Worcester, pleaded guilty to conspiring to pervert the course of justice and was handed a nine month sentence, suspended for one year.
Detective Chief Inspector Carl Moore said; “Thanks to the diligence of officers and other investigating staff as well as the support and cooperation of the local community, we have been able to reduce the availability of drugs and the threat of drug related violence in Worcester.
“I would like to offer reassurance illegal drug use is a matter that we take very seriously. We will work tirelessly to disrupt the workings of organised crime groups and make sure that those involved in illegal activity are put before the courts and made to pay for their ill-gotten gains.
“Drug crime can have a devastatingly negative impact on our local communities and we encourage anyone with information about the supply of drugs to contact police by calling 101.”
Anyone who has information about a crime can call West Mercia Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org