Six men and one woman have been sentenced to a total of more than 50 years at Aylesbury Crown Court today in connection with a conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, namely cocaine, in Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire.
They had previously pleaded guilty to various offences, listed below, in connection with this case. Four of the seven arrested were from Milton Keynes.
Michael Mullen, aged 34, of Seaton Grove, Broughton, pleaded guilty at Aylesbury Crown Court on November 1 2013 to two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs between December 1 2012 and May 15 2013 and between May 16 2013 and August 2 2013. He was charged with the offences on August 3 2013, and sentenced to ten years in prison.
Both Aaron Bain (also known as Aaron Nyack) aged 26, of South Lawne, Bletchley and David Bell, aged 26, of Sutcliffe Avenue, Oldbrook, pleaded guilty at Aylesbury Crown Court on October 22 2013 to one count of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs between December 1 2012 and May 15 2013. Both were charged with the offences on May 16 2013. Bain was sentenced to seven years eight months’ imprisonment, while Bell was jailed for six years.
Finally Debbie Bell, aged 32, of Godwin Close, Wavendon Gate, pleaded guilty on October 22 to the charge that she allowed her premises at Godwin Close to be used as a safe house for cutting, storage and preparation of Class A drugs. She was given a three-year prison sentence.
Others arrested included Wayne Shirley, aged 42, of London; Jason Bailey, aged 28, of Lyndsay Avenue, Northampton and Robert Burnett, aged 29, of Harlow, Essex.
Detective Inspector Bruce Riddell, leading the operations which led to the arrests and sentencing of the above, said: “These sentences were a combined result of Operations Daughter, Rupert and Sabine carried out by Thames Valley Police officers in Milton Keynes and Northampton.
“The first part was Operation Daughter undertaken by local officers from Milton Keynes on May 15 at an address in Godwin Close, Milton Keynes.
“This was where the drugs were stored and mixed. Recovered from this address was one kilogram of high purity (over 80 per cent) cocaine, a cocaine pressing machine, one kilogram of the cutting agent benzocaine, tick lists with customer details and an adapted handgun with ammunition. Aaron Bain and David Bell were arrested and charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. Bell had attempted to escape by jumping from an upstairs window.
“Further surveillance work was carried out and on Friday August 2 an exchange was witnessed in Northampton between Robert Burnett and Jason Bailey. Whilst this exchange was happening, uniformed officers intervened. A further kilogram of cocaine, again in excess of 80 per cent purity, and approximately £50,000 were recovered. This interception triggered the arrest of Mullen in Milton Keynes and Shirley in London.
“Under the banner of Operation Rupert, 15 warrants were then executed mainly by TVP staff in four areas Milton Keynes, Northampton, Essex and London. Others were arrested and further smaller amounts of cocaine, mobile phones, drug paraphernalia and cash were seized.
“This has been a challenging investigation that, with excellent team work throughout,Thames Valley Police has produced overwhelming evidence that these career criminals had no alternative but to plead guilty to the case put against them.
“I hope these sentences will send out a message to organised crime groups that with the support of communities we will find out who you are and we will do everything in our power to stop you.”
Detective Chief Inspector Richard North, deputy LPA commander for MiltonKeynes, said: “I would like to thank all the officers and staff across the Force and particularly in the Milton Keynes area who took part in these operations.
“This was a lot of hard work and we have had some great results, which will build on the work already achieved in Op Rupert and other linked operations to disrupt the supply of drugs in Milton Keynes.”