Seven charged after largest drug seizure ever in Hampshire

Seven people have been charged after the largest ever drug seizure in Hampshire
Seven people have been charged after the largest ever drug seizure in Hampshire

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SEVEN people have been charged following the largest ever drug seizure in Hampshire, which included raids in Fareham and Gosport.

Officers executed 12 warrants at addresses in Fareham, Gosport, Hedge End, Park Gate and Merseyside, on November 3, as part of Operation Cowling.

The drugs seized in the raid included 42kg of cocaine, MDMA with a street value of around £2 million, 2kg of Amphetamine and 3kg of Cannabis.

This notched up a total street value of around £11m - the largest seizure of class A drugs in the history of Hampshire Police.

Officers also seized around £200,000 in cash.

Detective Chief Inspector Kevin Dennis said: ‘This is an important step towards disrupting the activities of organised crime groups.

‘We will not tolerate drugs in our county and will continue to make Hampshire a hostile environment for drug dealers.’

The seven people charged on suspicion of being involved in the supply of Class A drugs are Paul Ingall, 35, of New Road, Fareham, Alireza Jaffer, 30, of Potters Avenue, Fareham, Matthew Bovingdon, 31, of Shamblehurst Lane South, Hedge End, Adam Przybycin, 38, of Toynbee Road, Eastleigh, Wilfred Travers, 69, of Dixon Avenue, Merseyside, Margaret Bourne, 66, of Fleet Lane, Merseyside, and Eric Bourne, 64, of Fleet Lane, Merseyside.

They will all appear at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court on November 5.

In addition to this six people were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs and released on police bail.

They include a 57-year-old man from Rownhams who has been bailed until November 10, a 29-year-old man from Fareham, a 32-year-old woman from Hedge End, and a 21-year-old woman from Eastleigh, who have all been bailed until January 12, and a 32-year-old man from Gosport and a 48-year-old man from Park Gate, who have both been bailed until January 13.