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Jail terms in Suffolk, Norfolk and Merseyside drug case

Johnathan McKenna (left) and Steven Jackson (right)
Image caption Johnathan McKenna (left) and Steven Jackson (right) were arrested following drugs raids in 2011

Eleven people have been sentenced following a "long and detailed" police investigation into the importation and distribution of cocaine.

Eight men were jailed at Ipswich Crown Court, with the longest sentences given to Johnathan McKenna, 26, of Norwich and Steven Jackson, 45, of Lowestoft.

McKenna was jailed for 10 years and eight months and Jackson, for 10 years.

Others were given jail terms of up to eight years while three women received suspended sentences.

Police seized cocaine, a mixing agent, cash, presses and other items linked to the supply of illegal drugs last year.

Officers raided 16 properties in Suffolk, Norfolk and Merseyside as part of their investigation in June 2011.

The 11 people were arrested and charged with a string of drugs offences. They were sentenced at the crown court on Wednesday.

'Tackling organised crime'

Also jailed were Michael Kynaston, 30, of Edgerton Road in Lowestoft, who was given an eight year prison term, Stephen Palmer, 45, of Denmark Road in Lowestoft, who was jailed for five years and Laurence Neve, 50, of Kirkley Cliff Road, Lowestoft, who was jailed for four years and two months.

Andrew Roberts, 30, of Keats Avenue in Wigan, was sentenced to four years and four months in prison, Wesley Gale, 27, of Gidlow Lane in Wigan, was also jailed for four years and four months and Henry Bacon, 26, of Woodlands Way in Ipswich, was jailed for two years.

Image caption Police seized cocaine during the raids

Caroline Murphy, 22, of Liverpool, was given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months and told to carry out 240 hours of community service.

Marie Darwin, a 50-year-old Melverley Road, Liverpool, received a 30-week prison term suspended for 18 months and Yvonne Horsley, 44, of Old Nelson Street in Lowestoft, was given an eight month sentence suspended for 18 months and ordered to carry out 80 hours of community service.

Speaking after the case, Det Insp Bernie Morgan, of Suffolk Police, said: "This result follows a long and detailed investigation into the passage of drugs into the county and their subsequent distribution once here.

"I would like to thank Merseyside and Norfolk Constabularies for their support and to pay particular credit to my officers who put a great deal of work into gaining this result.

"Suffolk Constabulary is committed to tackling organised crime and will continue to actively pursue anyone who thinks that they can bring drugs into the county."

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