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Drugs gang sentenced to over 15 years' imprisonment

A drugs gang from Reading has been sentenced to over 15 years’ imprisonment following an investigation by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU).

 The four men, all from Reading, pleaded guilty at a hearing on 5 May at Reading Crown Court and yesterday (8/6) were sentenced to a total of 15 years and four months.

Investigating officer, Detective Sergeant Clair Chegwidden, from the SEROCU, said: “This investigation was focused on and around drug supply within Reading and surrounding areas of the South East Region.

“It was clear that this was a sophisticated organised criminal gang causing misery and serious harm to our communities throughout Reading and the surrounding areas through the supply of drugs.

“We confiscated an estimated total of more than £400,000 worth of drugs which were intended for the street. The gang operated out of Reading and stretched as far as Brighton, West Sussex.

“We are pleased with the sentences today, which show criminal gangs that we will protect our communities across the South East Region by targeting offenders and ensuring they are stopped from operating.

Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, said: ““This was a successful operation which illustrates our determination to take drugs off the streets and protect our communities. These sentences should be a warning to those who are still dealing drugs in Reading or anywhere else in the Thames Valley.”

As part of the investigation, officers from SEROCU executed a search warrant on 29 April 2014 on a property in Finch Road, Reading where we found a package that contained cannabis with a street value of £5,500 and around two kilos of substances Sodium Acetate Trihydrate & Lithium Citrate used as a cutting agent for mixing class A drugs.

For full details, please visit the SEROCU website (opens new window).