Posted on 16th November 2018
A gang that cuckooed a property to use it as a base to deal drugs from has today been jailed for more than 21 years.
The investigation began in May this year when information was received that a group of men had occupied a house in Derby and were dealing drugs from the property.
Our officers then conducted a search at the property which was near to Kedleston Road and mobile phones, cash, knives, a gun and drugs were discovered.
All five were arrested and subsequently charged.
Jack Woodward of Greyfriars Place, Mickleover pleaded guilty to the possession of an offensive weapon and the possession of ammunition. He was sentenced to five years in prison.
Cameron Henry of Watkins Street, Swansea and Paul Peel of no fixed abode pleaded guilty to supplying Class A drugs. Henry was sentenced to four years and nine months in jail and peel received a five and half year custodial sentence.
Anton Brown of Balham Walk, Derby, and Bradley Wood of Sutherland Road, Peartree, Derby, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs. Wood was given a two year community order and a six month curfew.
Brown was also sentenced for possessing firearms after an investigation by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) uncovered two guns at his home.
In February, a revolver was found under the floorboards in a bedroom and a sawn-off shotgun was hidden behind the chimney breast in the kitchen.
The 20-year-old pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing and received a total of six years in jail for both offences.
Detective Sergeant Matt Croome said: “This investigation could not have happened without members of the community providing the police with information.
“This information led to an investigation which exposed a group who were willing to target vulnerable members of the community in order sell drugs and profit from criminality.
“It is clear that this group were also prepared to arm themselves with weapons including knives and illegal firearms.
“This investigation shows that Derbyshire Constabulary, and where appropriate with support from EMSOU, will actively seek to target those who involve themselves in serious criminality and will take every opportunity to take action to prosecute those that sell controlled drugs and profit from the crime.
“The fact that firearms and ammunition were found shows the level of criminality this group were involved in.
If anyone has information about this type of criminality happening within the community please contact Derbyshire Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 1111.”