Four jailed over West Sussex drugs conspiracy

Four members of a gang who police believe planned to sell cocaine on the streets of Sussex have been jailed.

Darren Henwood, 37, and Andrew Billings, 33, were both jailed for six-and-a-half years after they admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Albert Mouhtiseb, 28, was jailed for seven years, and Charles Smith, 41, was sentenced to four years after they were found guilty of the same offence.

Hove Crown Court heard two others will be sentenced at a later date.

'Entire drugs operation'

Barry Harlow, 65, of Arlington Crescent, East Preston, West Sussex and Mark Taylor, 36, of no fixed address, had also admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Harlow and Mouhtiseb, of Pampisford Road, South Croydon, were arrested in a car park at Cottesmore Golf and Country Club in Pease Pottage near Crawley on 1 April last year.

Officers found a package containing cocaine with a street value of £450,000 in Harlow's car.

Police said Henwood, from Faygate, Billings, of Bracklesham Caravan Club, Bracklesham Bay, and Smith, of Hanyle Lane, Cuckfield, were arrested at a business unit at White Herons Farm in Colgate, where equipment for cutting cocaine was found.

Det Ch Insp Ali Eaton said: "It was particularly satisfying for us to be able to dismantle an entire drugs distribution operation from initial couriers to the principal and his associates."