GLOUCESTER CROWN COURT

Eight men, including five with links to Gloucestershire have been sentenced to a total of nearly 46 years in prison relating to two drugs conspiracies in the county.

The conviction of the men followed a detailed investigation by Gloucestershire Police involving two large amounts of cocaine with a street value of between £120,000 and £150,000 each being brought into Gloucestershire from Birmingham and Wolverhampton. Along with drugs, over £63,000.00 in cash was also seized.

Seven men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply a class ‘A’ drug, an eighth man was found guilty at trial and a ninth man was found not guilty. All eight guilty men were convicted of conspiracy to supply cocaine in January this year.

At Gloucester Crown Court today (Tuesday March 22) Omar Hassanjee, aged 35, originally from Gloucester and now living at an address on Sarehole Road, Hall Green, Birmingham received a 10 year sentence. Hassanjee was found guilty in January following a trial after pleading not guilty.

Marcus Campbell, aged 37 of Linton Avenue, Kingsway was sentenced to seven years six months in prison.

Mark Douglas, 51, of St Swithuns Road, Hempsted was sentenced to seven years.

28-year-old Sonny Curran of Rye Avenue, Cheltenham was sentenced to five years six months in prison and his father Patrick Curran, 56 of New Barn Avenue Cheltenham, received a four year-ten-month sentence.

The other men sentenced today were:

  • 37-year-old Amar Amin of Noel Road, Birmingham was sentenced to three years eight months
  • 61-year-old Kenneth Bailey of Magnolia Court, Wolverhampton received four years ten months
  • 53-year-old Thomas Williams of Sedgeley Road, Wolverhampton was sentenced to three years six months in prison.

On June 25 last year at an address on St Swithuns Road, Hempsted, police from Gloucestershire Police’s Serious & Organised Crime Unit(SOCU) using surveillance cameras observed a transaction of 1 kilogram of cocaine with a street value of between £120,000 and £150,000 from Kenneth Bailey and Thomas Williams to Mark Douglas. The drugs, along with around £40,000.00 in cash was seized by officers. Douglas, Bailey and Williams were all arrested and charged.

Two days later on June 27 SOCU officers observed a second exchange, this time on Britten Place, Cheltenham between Amar Amin, Sonny Curran and Patrick Curran. Officers seized a further 1kg of cocaine with a street value of between £120,000 and  £150,000. Sonny and Patrick Curran and Amar Amin were all arrested and charged. A fourth man, 33-year-old Aimad Oubbih from Chambers Court, Hunstanton in Norfolk was also arrested and charged. He was later found not guilty during the trial.

Lead investigating officer Detective Sergeant Matt Phillips said “This case involved significant quantities of class ‘A’ drugs being transported from the Midlands into Gloucestershire,  and our intelligence suggests that Marcus Campbell is responsible for the majority of class ‘A’ drugs being brought into the county, so our intervention will have had a significant impact on the local drugs landscape.

“This should serve as a lesson to anyone thinking of becoming involved in this type of criminality that you will be targeted, you will be convicted and you can expect lengthy prison sentences.  The fact they are now out of the equation is thanks to the dedication and hard work of my team of officers working alongside other Force assets and responsible members of the public.”

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Ian Fletcher added “Marcus Campbell lived a very lavish lifestyle, he lives in a five-bedroom house, drives premium cars and has a property portfolio across Gloucester, however this has all been paid for with drugs money.

“Members of the public were suspicious of the fact that Campbell didn’t have a job yet could live this profligate life and we are grateful to them for coming forward with information which was vital in securing the convictions. I would encourage anyone who may have concerns about someone who they live near and who’s activity appears suspicious to contact police on 101 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

“We’re also looking at recovering the ill-gotten gains from these defendants now through Proceeds of Crime hearings.”

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