Four men have been sentenced to a total of 19 years in prison, after a South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) investigation seized drugs worth £300,000.
Three of the men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs at a hearing at Guildford Crown Court on Friday (21/02/20). They were sentenced as follows:
- Ricky Shanahan, aged 28, of Sutton Way in London, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to supply class A drugs and was sentenced to eight years and one month imprisonment.
- Samuel Hughes, aged 28, of Omers Rise in Burghfield Common, Berkshire, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to supply class A drugs and was sentenced to six years imprisonment.
- Jake Wheeler, aged 26, of Lodge Road, Yateley in Hampshire, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to supply class A drugs and was sentenced to five years and six months imprisonment.
The fourth man, Ben Kirby, 29, of Sutton Field in Hampshire was found guilty of the same offence, following a trial at Guildford Crown Court in December 2019 and is due for sentencing on 1 April 2020.
The investigation was launched after Jake Wheeler was found with two kilos of cocaine in his car on the M3 in Surrey back in December 2018.
A further kilogram was the found at Wheeler's home during a search.
The total of drugs seized had a street value of over £300,000.
(Ricky Shanahan (L) and Samuel Hughes (R) were given eight and six years respectively. Picture credits: SEROCU)
Detective Inspector Graham Curtis, from SEROCU's investigations team, said:
"Drug dealing causes significant harm in our communities.
"We work tirelessly using our specialist resources to tackle the supply of drugs and remove drugs and dealers from our streets.
"I would urge anyone who may have information about drug dealing, regardless of the location, to contact police by calling 101."
A fifth man was also appeared in court, but was found not guilty.