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Second member of mephedrone gang jailed

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Image caption James Screeton admitted a conspiracy to deal Class B drugs

A second member of a gang that sold mephedrone and other drugs has been jailed for more than four years.

James Screeton, of Willes Close, Faringdon, admitted a conspiracy to deal methylmethcathinone and ketamine.

Earlier this months Vishal Nazar, 37, of Danvers Road, Oxford, was jailed for five years for the same offences.

The alleged leader of the gang, Sohail Dawood, formerly of Chipping Norton, is believed to be in India or Dubai after fleeing the UK.

He is wanted on suspicion of conspiracy to deal drugs between September 2014 and January 2015.

Ciaran Macdonough, of Margaret Road, Twyford, who transported drugs for the group, was also given a 16-month suspended sentence on 4 August.

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Image caption Vishal Nazar's barrister said his client dealt drugs because of "financial temptation, stupidity and foolishness"

Prosecutor David Matthew said it was believed Mr Dawood, who has links to Oxford, had been in close contact with his "henchman" Nazar.

Oxford Crown Court heard police observed Nazar having several meetings with Screeton - in which money, boxes and bags were exchanged - and also found his DNA on a piece of chewing gum.

Screeton in turn had dealings with his courier Macdonough who was stopped by police with drugs worth up to £75,000.

The men were arrested following police raids in August 2015 when more than 100 officers executed warrants at seven homes.

Thames Valley Police is working with the Crown Prosecution Service and the National Crime Agency to track Dawood down.

Screeton was jailed for 48 months and four weeks at Oxford Crown Court.

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Image caption Sohail Dawood is believed to be in India or Dubai

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