Cocaine gang jailed after £11m bust

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SIX members of an drug gang that dealt in £11m of cocaine have been jailed for a total of 50 years.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard the conspiracy to supply cocaine, amphetamine, ecstasy and cannabis worked on an ‘almost industrial scale’.

Jane Rowley, prosecuting, told how the operation stretched from Fareham, Warsash and Waterlooville along with other areas in the south to Merseyside in the north.

Hampshire police said the drugs seized, with a street value of £11m, was the largest in its history.

Paul Ingall, 35, of New Road, Fareham, was jailed for 13 years by a judge over his involvement in supplying, cutting and selling all four drugs.

Ingall even told a probation officer he was unable to work because of his involvement, travelling to Merseyside three times a week and London twice a week.

You are all here today to be sentenced for your varying roles in drug supply, the scale of which is vast and is hard to exaggerate

Judge Sarah Munro QC

Addressing Ingall, Judge Sarah Munro QC said: ‘You were up to your neck in a very lucrative drug supply conspiracy.’

Alireza Jaffer, 30, of Potters Avenue, Fareham, was jailed for six years after admitting being concerned in the supply of cocaine.

He sourced cocaine in large quantities with the conspirators, the court heard.

Wilfred Travers was jailed for 12 years, Adam Przybycin for 13 years, Eric Bourne for three years and Matthew Bovingdon for 18 months by the judge.

Ingall and Przybycin worked in the southern part and were involved in cutting the cocaine with mixing agents before it was repressed, stamped and sold on.

The court heard Jaffer received the cocaine he received from Przybycin and Ingall.

Notebooks revealed the gang were dealing with nearly 65kg of cocaine between October 7 and November 2 last year.

Officers found £11,850 at Jaffer’s address in Potters Avenue Fareham.

Huge quantities of cash were also found at addresses detectives raided.

Sentencing the gang, Judge Sarah Munro QC said: ‘You are all here today to be sentenced for your varying roles in drug supply, the scale of which is vast and is hard to exaggerate.’

‘This case began with the police detecting a very significant conspiracy to supply cocaine.’

She added the cocaine received by Travers was of high purity at import quality.

The court heard officers carried out raids at addresses in Hedge End, Fareham, Gosport, Park Gate and Merseyside as part of Operation Cowling on November 3 last year.

Travers, 69, of Dixon Avenue, Newton Le Willows, Merseyside, admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine, a class A drug.

He was jailed for 12 years by Judge Munro who said he must have been close to the original importers of the cocaine.

Bourne, 65, of Fleet Lane, Merseyside, was found guilty after a trial of conspiracy to supply cocaine, a class A drug and jailed for three years.

His friend Travers had parked a caravan at his address where police discovered £128,500 in cash in shoe boxes.

Bourne had no previous convictions.

The gang’s convictions are as follows:

Paul Ingall, 35, of New Road, Fareham, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine, amphetamine, ecstasy and cannabis.

Alireza Jaffer, 30, of Potters Avenue, Fareham pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs cocaine.

Wilfred Travers, 69, of Dixon Ave, Newton Le Willows, Merseyside pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs cocaine.

Eric Bourne, 65, of Fleet Lane, Merseyside found guilty after trial of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs cocaine.

Matthew Bovingdon, 32, of Shamblehurst Lane South, Hedge End was found guilty of conspiracy to supply Class B drugs cannabis.

Adam Przybycin, 38, formerly of Toynbee Road, Eastleigh, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Cocaine, Amphetamine, ecstasy and cannabis.

Picture by Hampshire Constabulary shows money stashed by the gang