OPERATION LASER: Nine more people sentenced as part of Rugby’s biggest ever drugs crackdown

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A FURTHER nine people, arrested by Warwickshire Police as part of Operation Laser have appeared before Warwick Crown Court for sentencing.

Operation Laser, which took place in November 2011, was the biggest policing operation of its kind yet undertaken by Warwickshire police, targeting organised crime and the supply of drugs and resulted in the arrest of 59 people.

The nine, who appeared before Warwick Crown Court on Tuesday this week had all pleaded guilty at previous hearings.

Iain Barden, 32-years of Whernside, Rugby, received an eight year jail sentence for conspiracy to supply heroin and conspiracy to supply crack cocaine.

Malcolm Windows, 38-years of Murray Road, Rugby has been jailed for seven years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply heroin.

Andrew Murdoch, 43-years from Martin Lane, Rugby received a sentence of four years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply heroin and conspiracy to supply crack cocaine.

Matthew James, 24-years from Blossom Way, Rugby was jailed for three and a half years for conspiracy to supply heroin and conspiracy to supply crack cocaine.

Shane Tune 27-years, of Knole Close, Rugby, received a three year jail sentence for five counts of supplying heroin.

Michael Slate 44-years of Biart Place, Rugby, received a three year jail sentence for conspiracy to supply heroin.

Leroy Simpson 32-years from Hockley Place, Birmingham received a three year jail sentence for three charges of supplying heroin.

Chelmsli Kennedy 19-years of Coton Road, Hillmorton, Rugby, received an 18 month jail sentence for conspiracy to supply heroin.

Peter Roberts, 38-years of Millers Dale Close, Rugby, who had pleaded guilty to supplying heroin received a two year community order.

These latest prison terms brings the total jail sentences handed down by the court as part of Operation Laser to 74 and a half years.

More Operation Laser defendants were due to appear for sentencing at Warwick Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday).

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