Three men and a woman from Milton Keynes have been sentenced to a total of more than 25 years in prison in connection with a conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, namely cocaine.
Michael Mullen, aged 34, of Seaton Grove, Broughton, pleaded guilty at Aylesbury Crown Court to two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Aaron Bain, aged 26, of South Lawne, Bletchley, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and was sentenced to seven years, eight months.
David Bell, aged 26, of Sutcliffe Avenue, Oldbrook, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and was jailed for six years.
And Debbie Bell, aged 32, of Godwin Close, Wavendon Gate, pleaded guilty to the charge that she allowed her premises to be used as a safe house for cutting, storage and preparation of Class A drugs which was capable of encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence, namely possession with intent supply Class A drugs. She was given a three-year prison sentence.
Three other men, Wayne Shirley from London, Jason Bailey from Northampton, and Robert Burnett from Essex, were also convicted of similar offences.
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.
“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 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.”