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Nine sentenced following drugs investigation in Telford

Nine people have been sentenced today (April 20, 2017) to more than 30 years in prison following a complex drugs investigation led by the Serious and Organised Crime Unit of West Mercia Police.

Cannabis found at house in Aqueduct, Telford
Cannabis found at house in Aqueduct, Telford
Operation Mallard, uncovered the workings of an organised crime group which was coordinating and professionally managing the grow of cannabis plants in Telford, worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Between 2012 and 2014, the Bagry family arranged for cannabis to be grown at three houses in the Aqueduct, Bratton and Lightmoor areas of Telford.

Cannabis found at house in Bratton,Telford
Cannabis found at house in Bratton,Telford
Following a covert investigation beginning in 2013, raids were carried out at the three properties and more than 1100 cannabis plants were recovered.

Although the crime group was centred in Telford, the distribution of the drugs reached as far away as London.

Harinder Singh Bagry
Harinder Singh Bagry
Police estimate that the gang would have produced cannabis with a street value in excess of £3 million at the three properties.

The following people were found guilty following a trial:

Jastinder Singh Bagry
Jastinder Singh Bagry
Harinder Singh Bagry, 26, of Newcomen Way, Telford, was sentenced to 10 years for three counts of conspiring to produce cannabis and one count of conspiracy to supply cannabis (Class B).

Jastinder Singh Bagry, 21, of Newcomen Way, Telford, was sentenced to five years for two counts of conspiring to produce cannabis and one count of conspiracy to supply cannabis (Class B).

Manjit Bagry
Manjit Bagry
Manjit Bagry, 47, of Newcomen Way, Telford was sentenced to five years for two counts of conspiring to produce cannabis (Class B).

Phuc Min Tran, aged 58, of Desmond Street, London was sentenced to two years and six months for one count of conspiring to produce cannabis (Class B).

Yasar Mehmood
Yasar Mehmood
Yasar Mehmood, 31, of Windsor Road Telford was sentenced to four years for one count of conspiracy to supply cannabis (Class B).

The following people pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing:

Chuyen Dinh Ta
Chuyen Dinh Ta
Chuyen Dinh Ta, 55, was sentenced to 3 years and two months for one count of conspiracy to produce cannabis (Class B).

Simon Rathbone, 38, of Lightmoor Road was given a 41 week suspended sentence for one count of conspiracy to produce cannabis (Class B).

Gary Standley
Gary Standley
Gary Standley, 30, of Wrekin View, Telford, was sentenced to 18 months for one count of conspiracy to produce cannabis and one count of conspiracy to supply cannabis (Class B).

Michelle Dumbrell, 28, of Wrekin View, Telford, was given a condition discharge for one count of conspiracy to supply a controlled drug (Class B).

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Gavin Kinrade said: "These convictions come at the end of a complicated and lengthy investigation and demonstrate how we will pursue and prosecute those seeking to profit from their organised crime.

"This type of criminality causes long term harm to communities, drug users and the resulting crime committed to fund drug habits. I hope the sentences handed down today will serve as a deterrent to others involved in such criminality."

Police operations against people supplying illegal drugs into local communities often rely on information supplied by the public. Anyone who suspects illegal drug activity in their neighbourhood can call police on the 101 number, or contact the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

 

Posted by Sam Cook, Operational Communications Officer

Published 20/04/17