Milton Keynes drug gang jailed for more than 20 years

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A gang has been sentenced to more than twenty years’ imprisonment for drugs offences in Milton Keynes.

The men were sentenced as part of Operation Dipsomania, an investigation to tackle the supply of class A and B drugs in the city, at Aylesbury Crown Court on Tuesday.

The operation has been conducted by the city force with the assistance of local neighbourhood police officers into the supply of drugs in the town between 2013 and 2014.

A number of warrants were carried out in the town during which drugs with an estimated street value of between £78,350 and £81,350 were seized.

PC Michael Cook said: “These defendants sold drugs, or were involved in the preparation of drugs, to some of the most vulnerable people in society.

“They were not afraid to use force against these vulnerable people, as well as their rivals to control drugs supply in various areas of Milton Keynes.

“I therefore welcome the lengthy sentences handed down to the group and hope this serves as a reminder to anyone connected with the supply of drugs in the town that you will be caught, prosecuted, convicted and sentenced for such crimes.

“I would like to thank all officers and staff who have worked on the investigation, as well as the Crown Prosecution Service for bringing the cases to court.

“The operation was been conducted by Milton Keynes Local CID with the assistance of local Neighbourhood police between 2013 and 2014.

“A number of warrants were carried out during which drugs with an estimated street value of between £78,350 and £81,350 were seized. All this hard work has resulted in justice being served.”

Yakubu Amartey, 19, Oakworth Avenue, Milton Keynes, pleaded guilty to four counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs, one count of possession with intent to supply class B drugs and two counts of common assault on a police officer. He was sentenced to a total of eight years and four months’ imprisonment.

Rahman Amartey, aged 25, of Oakworth Avenue, Milton Keynes, pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs, one count of possession with intent to supply class B drugs, one count of assault occasioning bodily harm on a police officer and one count of escape from lawful custody.

He was sentenced to a total of five years in prison.

Following a trial in January, Rahman Amartey was found not guilty of two further counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

Following a trial in December last year, Amier Ahmed, 27, of Fishermead Boulevard, Milton Keynes, was found guilty by a unanimous jury of two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs. He failed to appear for sentencing and a warrant for his arrest has been issued.

On 31 March this year, Pius Kato, aged 20, of Brookdene Road, London, was found guilty by a unanimous jury of two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs. He was sentenced to two years and six months’ imprisonment.

Catherine Msaki, 20, of Wensleydale Crescent, Milton Keynes, pleaded guilty to two counts of allowing premises to be used for the preparation of class A drugs. She was sentenced to nine months in custody, suspended for 12 months, and was ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service.

Also as part of Operation Dipsomani, Jama Abdi, aged 23, of Chalk Road, London, pleaded guilty at Amersham Crown Court on 29 September last year to two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs. Last year he was sentenced to three years and six months in prison for each count, which will run concurrently.

LPA Commander for Milton Keynes, Supt Gez Chiariello said: “The commitment and teamwork shown by our officers in this operation demonstrate that we are determined to bring those who commit drugs offences to justice.”