A man has been given a lengthy prison term for his part in a conspiracy to supply drugs.
Jamie Ryan Haigh (31), formerly of Opal House, Shardloes Road, Skegness, appeared for sentencing at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday, June 5, and was sentenced to six years and six months imprisonment after being found guilty of conspiracy with others to supply MDPV and possession with intent to supply in relation to 975 diazepam tablets.
The sentencing is part of a case which saw four men jailed in November 2012, following a joint investigation involving a number of forces.
At that time, four men were been given prison sentences after admitting their part in conspiracy to supply the class B drug, Methylenedioxpyrovalerone (MDPV).
On November 9, 2012, Gurinder Fermah (32) formerly of St Nicholas Road, Rochester, Ben Burniston (22) formerly of Prospect Road, Chatham, Jonathon Parker (28) of Harrow Road, Skegness and Michael Brown (53) of Shelley Road, Wellingborough all appeared at Maidstone Crown Court for sentencing.
The men had all been arrested following an investigation by officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate into the large scale supply of the drug MDPV and cocaine.
MDPV is a class B drug, commonly used as a cocaine substitute.
Fermah was sentenced to six years for three counts of supplying cocaine; this sentence was to run concurrently with a four-year sentence for conspiracy to supply MDVP. Burniston was sentenced to 3 years and four months, Parker 3 years and eight months and Brown, 3 years and four months.
Fermah and Burniston were arrested after selling four kilos of MDVP on January 31, 2012 to a person in the Newcastle area.
The men had previously sourced the drugs from Brown, prior to selling it on.
The drugs had a street value of over £40,000.
A few days later, on February 3, 2012, Brown was stopped by police driving on the A2 in Bean, Dartford.
Officers searched his vehicle and found 1-kilo of MDVP with a street value of around £20,000.
Further investigation led to the arrest of Parker, on June 12, 2012.
The case involved a joint investigation by The Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, Lincolnshire Police and Northumbria Police.
Detective Inspector Kevin Downard said: ”This was a complex investigation which involved officers working with two other forces to facilitate these arrests.
The men were part of an organised crime group dealing in huge quantities of illegal drugs”
He added: “The drugs seized have a street value of over £100,000 and thanks to the efforts of the officers have now been taken off the streets”.
Haigh pleaded not guilty in court but was found guilty at Maidstone Crown Court and was sentenced to six years and six months imprisonment for conspiracy with others to supply MDPV and possession with intent to supply in relation to 975 diazepam tablets on Thursday, June, 5.