East Midlands drug supply gang are sentenced

Fourteen people have been sentenced for their part in a major drugs ring that operated in Nottingham and Derby.

Drugs with a street value of more than £400,000 were seized during the 15-month operation led by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit.

Nottingham Crown Court heard police from Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, the Met and West Yorkshire were involved.

The men, 10 of them from Derby, admitted charges of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs.

Others came from Nottingham, Edinburgh and Leeds.

'Suffering and misery'

The court heard the group hired a container on an industrial estate on Redfield Road in Nottingham to store, mix and help distribute the drugs.

The investigation focused on offences committed between February 2009 and March 2010, with more than 450 fingerprints recovered and more than 2,000 items of evidence seized.

Quantities of cocaine, cannabis, heroin and an ecstasy-style pill were found.

The men, aged from 19 to 33, were given sentences ranging from 12 months suspended, to a jail term of 14 years.

In sentencing them, Judge Jonathan Teare said: "Those towards the controlling centre were operating, no doubt, in the expectation of large financial rewards.

"Rewards which could only come from the suffering and misery of others, and the impoverishing effect on their communities, by the spreading curse of addiction to illegal drugs."

A fifteenth man will be sentenced next month.

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