Surrey

Surrey gang jailed after £250,000 ecstasy drug raid

Steven Everett, David Lewis, Charles Houston, Benjamin Brown and Yasin Fada
Image caption Surrey Police said the gang were trying to market the drugs across the UK and Europe

Five men have been jailed for being involved in the production and supply of ecstasy worth an estimated £250,000.

Police seized 40,000 tablets during a raid at a farm in Marsh Green on the Kent/Surrey border in May.

Surrey Police said the gang was able to produce huge quantities of the drug and aimed to sell it across Europe.

Sentences handed down by the judge at Guildford Crown Court ranged from nine years and one month in jail to four and a half years.

Those sentenced were: David Lewis, 46; Steven Everett, 43; Benjamin Brown, 26; Yasin Fada, 21, all from Surrey; and Charles Houston, 26, from south London.

'Sophisticated operation'

Surrey Police said officers raided a remote farm in Marsh Green, near Edenbridge, following an intelligence operation led by its Serious and Organised Crime Unit (Socu).

Det Insp Ben Lee said: "This was clearly a sophisticated operation run by an organised gang who had the capability to produce huge quantities of Class A drugs.

"They were trying to market these pills not only in this country but also in Europe for vast profits.

"However, thanks to the painstaking work of our team we were able to halt this criminal enterprise and prevent thousands of these tablets reaching the streets.

"The tentacles of this group spread far and wide and we worked closely with law enforcement agencies across Europe to unravel their activities and put them before the courts."

Lewis, previously of Ewhurst Road, Cranleigh, was jailed for nine years and one month after being found guilty of one charge of a conspiracy to produce a class A drug and admitting conspiracy to supply a class A drug.

Image caption Police estimated the 40,000 ecstasy pills were worth £250,000

Everett, formerly of Mavis Close, Epsom, was sentenced to eight years and sixth months in prison after pleading guilty to a one count of conspiracy to supply a class A drug. A charge of conspiracy to produce a class A drug, which he denied, will remain on file.

Houston, previously of Manor Drive North, Worcester Park, south London, was jailed five years and six months after admitting a charge of conspiracy to produce a class A drug. He pleaded not guilty to one count of conspiracy to supply a Class A drug which is to remain on file.

Benjamin Brown, previously of Bridge Road, Chessington, received a five-year sentence after admitting one charge of conspiracy to produce a class A drug. A conspiracy to supply a class A drug charged, which he denied is to remain on file.

Yasin Fada, formerly of Court Crescent, Chessington, was jailed four years and six months for conspiracy to produce a Class A drug. A charge of conspiracy to supply a class A drug, which he pleaded not guilty to, is to remain on file.

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