Five men have been jailed for a total of 20 years for their part in a drugs operation involving cannabis with an estimated street value of more than £4 million.
In April 2011 Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police carried out a joint operation executing a search warrant at an address at a storage unit on the Oxleasow Road Industrial Estate in Redditch where 472 kilo’s of cannabis resin and leaf were recovered.
Two transit vans were also stopped, one in Redditch, which contained 390 kilo’s and one on the M40 in Warwickshire, which contained 180 kilos.
In total 1042 kilos (1 tonne) of cannabis was recovered, which at the time had an estimated street value in excess of £4m.
Malcolm Ray Masters, aged 52 years of Fulbrook Close, Redditch, appeared at Warwick Crown Court on Tuesday 28th August and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class B drugs (Cannabis) and possession of section 1 ammunition. Masters was sentenced to 7 years 6 months imprisonment for the drugs offences and 6 months consecutive for the firearms offences. A total of 8 years imprisonment.
Keith Patrick Langton, 49-years of Goodrich Close, Redditch was sentenced to four years imprisonment when he appeared before Warwick Crown Court for sentencing on the 9 June 2012. He had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class B drugs, namely cannabis.
James Michael Pratt, 27-years, of Wolverston Road, Walsall, who had also pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to conspiracy to supply Class B drugs (cannabis), received a two-year sentence.
Arvinder Singh Brar, 36-years, of Repton Avenue, Hayes, Middlesex and Brian Randall, 59 years, of Woodside Avenue, Benfleet in Essex, had both denied the charge of conspiracy to supply Class B drugs, but were found guilty by the court. They were sentenced on the 9th June 2012 and received three-year custodial sentences.
Speaking about the massive drugs haul and the effect the seizure will have had on local drugs supplies, Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Nolan said, “This was an investigation into the large scale supply of cannabis impacting on various parts of the country. Both Warwickshire and West Mercia police worked together to disrupt the perpetrators of this significant supply offence. We will continue to robustly proactively target criminals of this kind and remove the profits of their criminality.”