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Five sentenced after Market Harborough drug supply uncovered

Five people who admitted their part in the supply of cocaine and heroin in Market Harborough have been sentenced.

The crimes of the five people were uncovered by police in 2020.

During the investigation, which ran from January to July 2020, detectives from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) were able to prove one of the men was running a county line in the town – sending out text messages offering class A drugs for sale.

Any orders placed were then delivered by two of the other men - who were being used by the man running the county line as drug runners.

The pair were using an address in Welland Park Road – the home at the time of two others – as a base and a place to store the drugs.

When officers searched the house, bags of cocaine and heroin, multiple mobile phones, cash and scales used to weigh out the drugs were found.

At Leicester Crown Court on Thursday 27 April, four of the group were sentenced for offences after pleading guilty at previous hearings earlier this year.

The controller of the line was sentenced in August 2022 to seven years and six months.

The 23-year-old of no fixed address previously pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs. He also admitted the offence of conspiracy to handle stolen goods after officers discovered the six cars in his possession between September 2019 and August 2020 had been stolen from the West Midlands area.

Detective Sergeant Lindsay O’Nion from EMSOU said: “The five convicted ran a business-like operation and at the time were contributing to the sale of cocaine and heroin on the streets of Market Harborough.

“The evidence showing their involvement in this was overwhelming so I am pleased they have all pleaded guilty for their part and have been sentenced for their crimes.

“Leicestershire Police and specialist officers in EMSOU will continue our work to identify and prosecute those who supply drugs on our streets as we know the damage they can cause to our communities.”

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