Five jailed after £4m drugs seized in Northamptonshire

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Five people have been jailed for drugs offences after cannabis, cocaine and amphetamine with a street value of £4m was found in Northamptonshire.

Drugs were seized from a lorry before more were found at properties in Kettering and nearby Mawsley in 2009.

Amit Kotecha, 32, of Chambers Hill, Mawsley, was jailed for 18 years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Ravi Kotecha, 37, was jailed for 21 years for the same offence.

Ravi Kotecha, also of Chambers Hill, Mawsley, was convicted following a trial at Northampton Crown Court.

Freshkumar Kakkad, 46, was jailed for 21 years and Rohit Suvania, 31, for 18 years for conspiracy to supply drugs . They were linked to an address at Cambium Crescent in Kettering where cocaine, cannabis, amphetamine and a large quantity of cutting agent was found.

The lorry driver Viktor Maksimov, 55, was jailed for 15 years for the same offence.

Extravagant lifestyles

Judge Richard Bray said: "It is rare for the police to arrest dealers so high up as yourselves. When this happens, the courts have a duty to pass severe deterrent sentences to reflect the harm caused by the distribution of drugs and to serve as a warning to others."

Det Sgt Alison Tall said: "These offenders were trafficking drugs at a very high level and the drugs seizure is the highest in the county from which successful prosecutions have arisen.

"The offenders had extravagant lifestyles with expensive homes, cars and holidays, all purchased from income which derived from criminality."

Malcolm Bragg, assistant director for the UK Border Agency, said the case originated from a cocaine seizure made by the UK Border Agency at Ramsgate in November 2009.

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