Gang member from Haddenham jailed for drug dealing

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A HADDENHAM man has been sentenced to two years and three months in prison for conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Roy Davis, 63, of Franklin Close (pictured middle left), is one of six men who were members of an organised crime gang which was sentenced on Friday to a total of 22 years in prison for drugs offences.

All six men had pleaded guilty to offences at previous hearings, following an investigation codenamed Operation Hedge, carried out by the Thames Valley Police Serious and Organised Crime Unit.

In March 2011, 22 warrants were carried out across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. A number of properties were searched and police recovered a total of around £350,000 worth of controlled drugs (primarily cocaine and some cannabis), £50,000 in cash and other evidence.

Det Supt David Poole who led the investigation said: “The six defendants pleaded guilty due to the overwhelming evidence. I would like to thank all those involved for bringing this case to a successful conclusion.

“Convicting all involved in this organised crime group is a significant achievement. They saw themselves as untouchable by law enforcement.”

Restraint orders against suspected criminal assets totalling about £1.5million, including £400,000 in bank accounts, were also enforced. Restraint orders include bank accounts which are frozen and property including houses and vehicles can not be sold, to ensure the gang members can not dispose of any assets before court hearings.

A total of 17 people were arrested in the operation, of which four were released with no further action, three were cautioned and a total of 10 were charged, including the six sentenced on Friday.

Nicholas Dean (pictured top left), 46, from Roman Way, Bicester, was sentenced to eight years and six months in prison for conspiracy to supply class A drugs (cocaine) and two years and six months in prison for conspiracy to supply class B drugs (cannabis), to be served concurrently.

His brother Jason Dean (pictured top right), 44, from Ash Grove, Headington, was sentenced to three years in prison for possession with intent to supply class A drugs (cocaine) and 18 months for money laundering, to be served consecutively, bringing his total prison sentence to four years and six months.

Nathan Reddy (pictured middle right), 48, from Radcliffe Road, Iffley, Oxford, was sentenced to three years and six months in prison for conspiracy to supply class A drugs (cocaine) and one year in prison for conspiracy to supply class B drugs (cannabis), to be served concurrently.

Andrew Layden Essex (pictured bottom left), 51, from Balfour Road, Blackbird Leys, was sentenced to two years and four months in prison for conspiracy to supply class A drugs (cocaine) and three months in prison for conspiracy to supply class B drugs (cannabis), to be served concurrently.

Roland Yeates, 50, (pictured bottom right) from Holton, Wheatley, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for offering to supply class A drugs (cocaine) and six months in prison for being concerned in the supply of class A drugs (cocaine), to be served concurrently.