Two jailed for running Godmanchester heroin and cocaine den

Warren Arnold and John Eric Martin Image copyright Cambs Police
Image caption Warren Arnold and John Eric Martin were arrested after a covert police operation last year

Two men who ran a drugs den supplying heroin and crack cocaine across Cambridgeshire have each been jailed for eight years.

Warren Arnold, 43, of Ferndown Drive in Godmanchester, and John Eric Martin, 45, of Gainsborough Drive in St Ives were both found guilty of conspiring to supply class A drugs.

They supplied a "network of dealers" across the county, police said.

They were arrested after a covert operation to crack down on drug supply.

Officers working on Operation Hush, which was launched in January 2014, saw "numerous drug dealers" visiting a property in Ferndown Drive in Godmanchester, where both men were living at the time, Cambridgeshire Police said.

'Ruined lives'

Arnold and Martin were arrested on 18 March 2014.

Police said thousands of pounds worth of heroin, crack cocaine, cocaine hydrochloride, amphetamine, cannabis, MDMA, cutting agents, thousands of pounds in cash and one firearm were found.

"Both Martin and Arnold played key roles in the supply of class A drugs across the county," Det Con Derek Cornhill, investigating officer, said

"Those drugs ruined people's lives and tore families apart, so this is a great result to witness the sentences handed out by the judge."

At Peterborough Crown Court on Friday the pair were sentenced to eight years each for two counts of conspiring to supply class A drugs and a further two-and-a-half years, to run concurrently, for two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

Charlene Taylor, arrested at the same time, admitted two counts of conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine, and two counts of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply, when she appeared at court in October.

She will be sentenced on 10 April.

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