Gloucestershire

Gang's jailing puts 'dent' in Gloucestershire drugs trade

Laurence Kilby and Vladan Vujovic
Image caption Laurence Kilby (l) and Vladan Vujovic were both jailed for 18 years

The conviction of a drugs gang has put "a considerable dent" in the trade in Gloucestershire, police said.

Racing driver Laurence Kilby, 40, of Cheltenham, was jailed with 11 other drug smugglers.

Bristol Crown Court heard he ran a gang moving drugs from Eastern Europe to London, west England and south Wales.

"In terms of Mr Kilby's operation as a drugs supplier in the South West, I think we can safely say that that no longer exists," said Det Insp Bean.

Kilby was heavily in debt and turned to crime to maintain his lifestyle of fast cars and high living, the court was told.

He was jailed in June but his conviction, and those of the rest of the gang, can now be reported following the conclusion of another trial.

'Stuff off streets'

Kilby and Vladan Vujovic, 43, of Grange Road, London were found guilty of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. Both were jailed for 18 years.

Det Insp Bean, from Gloucestershire Police, who led the investigation, said it had put a "considerable dent" in the county's drugs trade.

"Obviously the six-and-a-half kilos that we seized, that is now destroyed, so any activity we can do to get this stuff off the streets, we're very pleased about," he said.

One time socialite Kilby, also admitted stealing around £4,000 meant for Help For Heroes when he hosted a scam charity race day at Gloucestershire Airport.

Richard Jones, 42, of Bradley Stoke, Bristol, was sentenced to 15 years for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, and Mark Poole, 47, from Portishead, was sentenced to nine years seven months after pleading guilty to the same charge.

Others members of the gang to be sentenced were:

  • David Chapman, 29, from Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply and was sentenced to nine years.
  • William Garnier, 31, from Cheltenham, pleaded guilty to supplying Class A drugs and was sentenced six years and eight months.
  • Garry Burrell, 46, from Easton, Bristol, and John Tomlin, 28, from Newtown, Gloucestershire both pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and were sentenced to six years and six months and four years and six months respectively.
  • Timothy Taylor, 40, from Bristol was found guilty of supplying Class A drugs and was sentenced to four years and seven months.
  • Brian Barrett, 48, from Keynsham was found guilty of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and was sentenced to 10 years.
  • Scott Everest, 39, from Clevedon was found guilty of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and was jailed for seven years.

Jonathan Tanner, 45, from Warminster was sentenced to 18 months for possession with intent to supply of cannabis, but was cleared of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Darren Weetch, 38, from Bristol, pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply. He was sentenced to 16 months.

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