Posted on 24th December 2014
Top row, from left: Paul Dharam, Danielle Dharam, Anthony Dharam, Deano Dharam, Tammy Thomas. Bottom row, from left: Adam Lawrence, Reuben Hudson, Lyndon Foote, Damien Andrews, Adam Crofts.
A gang of drug dealers run by a family in the centre of Derby have been jailed for more than 28 years.
Police carried out a series of 12 simultaneous warrants at properties in the Cambridge Street area of Normanton in February this year.
Fifteen people were arrested and later charged with a variety of offences related to the dealing of cannabis in and around Derby.
The gang admitted the charges against them and have now been sentenced to a total of more than 28 years.
Sergeant Kam Sanghera, from Derbyshire police, said: “These sentences should send out a clear message to those who wish to blight our communities with the scourge of drugs.
“They cannot operate with impunity, and we have the resolve and the capability to bring such offenders to justice.
“This was a complicated and demanding investigation and would not have been possible without the assistance of the local community, which was deeply affected by the activities of this gang.
“I would like to reiterate my appreciation and remind people that all information we receive will be assessed and, where we can, it will be acted upon, as these sentences show.”
The warrants were carried out in Cambridge Street, Baseball Drive, Reeves Road, Leacroft Road, Shaftesbury Crescent and Walbrook Road.
The joint operation between police and the National Crime Agency also saw the seizure of class A and B drugs, stolen property and large sums of cash.
Officers arrested the ring-leaders and street dealers during the waves of warrants.
Anthony Dharam,26, of Cambridge Street, Derby, was jailed for five years and four months for conspiracy to supply class B controlled drugs.
Deano Dharam, 21, of Baseball Drive, Derby, was jailed for six years for possessing class B controlled drugs with intent to supply.
The following were all jailed for conspiracy to supply controlled drugs:
Paul Dharam, 47, of Cambridge Street, Derby. Jailed for three-and-a-half years.
Danielle Dharam,24,of Pittar Street, Derby. Jailed for two-and-a-half years.
Tammy Thomas, 29, of Helston Road, Leeds. Jailed for 21 months.
Joseph Byrne, 24, of Monroe Court, Glengarry Way, Sinfin. Sentenced to eight months, suspended for one year.
Dominic Halliday-Fox, 19, of Walbrook Road, Derby. Sentenced to 18 months in a young offenders’ institution.
Adam Lawrence, 23, of Leacroft Road, Derby. Jailed for 32 months.
Lyndon Foote, 19, of Uppermoor Road, Allenton. Sentenced to 12 months in a young offenders’ institution.
Adam Crofts, 31, of Wexford Road, Coventry. Jailed for nine months.
Damien Andrews, 29, of Carlton Road, Derby. Jailed for two years.
Mariusz Klys, 24, of Shaftesbury Crescent, Derby. Jailed for 14 months.
A 17-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons was given a four-month detention and training order for conspiracy to supply controlled drugs.
Abbas Hussain,22, of Burton Road, Derby was given a community order for being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs.
Sara Brochocki,32, of Cambridge Street, Derby was given a 12-month conditional discharge for being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs.
Sgt Sanghera said: “This group of criminals made the community around Cambridge Street a no-go area.
“It was a hive of anti-social behaviour and petty crime, and the gang posed an intimidating presence.
“The difference since their arrests is striking and shows just how damaging this kind of group can be if they are not tackled.
“I would urge anyone who has information or worries about drugs-related activity in their area to call police or Crimestoppers, anonymously. They can rest assured that their information will be treated seriously and confidentially.”
To report a crime, call Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.