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Gang of ten jailed for drug dealing in south of England

The men convicted
Image caption From left to right are (top) Neil Wadley, Arthur DeSousa, Gary Hunt, Vasil Rica, Paul Blair, (bottom) Glen Beasley, Errol Brown, Gary De'Oliveira, Andrew Bowden and William Alexander

Ten members of a gang that supplied cocaine, cannabis, amphetamine and MDMA across the south of England have been jailed.

Drugs worth £1.3m were seized by police after an 18-month investigation.

Ringleader Neil Wadley, 47, of Pound Lane, Upton, Didcot, admitted conspiracies to supply drugs and was sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Judge Peter Ross, at Oxford Crown Court, said Wadley knew drugs "killed, caused crime and destroyed lives".

Organised crime groups in Spain, Liverpool, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, London, Reading and Southend-on-sea supplied the drugs, which were then stored in Didcot, Newbury, Reading and Hemel Hempstead.

They were then distributed to people in Avon and Somerset, Swindon, Oxford, Reading and Didcot.

South and Vale LPA Commander Supt Rory Freeman of Thames Valley Police said: "This investigation has centred on the South and Vale as the ringleader in this conspiracy to supply drugs, Neil Wadley, operated from his home in Didcot.

"I am very pleased with all the hard work carried out by officers and staff in South and Vale and beyond to bring these offenders to justice."

Wadley admitted to a conspiracy to supply cocaine, cannabis, amphetamine and MDMA.

The other sentences were:

  • Gary De'Oliveira, 35, of London Road, Newbury, admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine. He was sentenced to six years, nine months.
  • Gary Hunt, 39, of Church Street, Didcot, admitted conspiracies to supply cocaine and cannabis. He was sentenced to eight and a half years.
  • Vasil Rica, 36, of Southchurch Avenue, Southend on Sea, admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine. He was sentenced to 11 years.
  • Paul Blair, 34, of Hazel Close, Abingdon, admitted conspiracies to supply cocaine and cannabis. He was sentenced to six years, four months.
  • Glen Beasley, 44, of Somerset, admitted conspiracy to supply cannabis. He was sentenced to three years, four months.
  • Errol Brown, 52, of Didcot, Oxfordshire, admitted conspiracy to supply MDMA. He was sentenced to six years.
  • Arthur DeSousa, 48, of Dee Road, Tilehurst, was found guilty of conspiracies to supply cocaine. He was sentenced to 15 years.
  • William Alexander, 53, of Troon, Scotland, was found guilty of conspiracy to supply cannabis. He was sentenced to three years on 18 December.
  • Andrew Bowden, 44, of Hundred Foot Bank, Welney, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, was found guilty of conspiracies to supply cocaine and cannabis and was sentenced on 22 December to 15 years.
Image caption Drugs worth £1.3m were seized by police after an 18-month investigation
Image caption Judge Peter Ross said Wadley knew the drugs "killed, caused crime and destroyed lives"

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