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Operation Quail - Three men sentenced following investigation into the supply of Class A drugs

Two men were sentenced on Thursday, July 10 to over 14 years imprisonment at Winchester Crown Court following a lengthy investigation by the Hampshire Major Investigation Team into the supply of Class A drugs.

Paul Neale, 26, from Reynolds Green in Sandhurst pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and received a seven year and eight month sentence.

The following men were found guilty following a trial:  


Adam St George was given a seven year prison sentence and Christopher Evans was sentenced to a two year suspended sentence and an £8000 fine.

    Two other men were found not guilty following the trial:

The sentences come after an eight week trial into conspiracy to supply cocaine between May and December 2012 and associated money laundering offences within north Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire.

Three men previously pleaded guilty to supplying cocaine between February 2012 and March 2013 as part of a linked investigation. They were sentenced to a total of 29 years imprisonment at Southampton Crown Court on January 27, 2014.

A fourth man pleaded guilty to possession of criminal property and received a 30 month prison sentence.

Speaking after the sentencing, officer in the case Detective Constable Frank Cregan from Hampshire Constabulary's Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said:

"The lengthy sentences given to these men today demonstrate how serious we are as a force about tackling the supply of illegal drugs into the force area.

The sentences bring what has been a very detailed and challenging investigation to a close.

In the course of our investigation we have seized £160,000 and just over five kilos of cocaine and amphetamine to the street value of £417,765.

Hampshire Constabulary will always seek to gather evidence and intelligence around those that choose to profit from their involvement in these crimes and we hope that these lengthy sentences prove to be a deterrent to others."


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Hazel Wills       44120426845          892                    14/07/2014

Note to editors -

Those sentenced at the previous hearing on January 27:

 

 

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