Three sentenced as part of organised gang

Wed 21st, Sep

Three sentenced as part of organised gang

A man and two women have been sentenced following an investigation led by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) into drugs and counterfeit products.

On 9 November 2015 officers from SEROCU’s Criminal Finance Team executed warrants at a number of premises in the Selsey area of West Sussex.

These warrants were targeting the sale of counterfeit goods including brand names such as Hugh Boss, Ralph Lauren, Adidas, Lacoste, Stone Island and UGG.

Within a caravan on the Bunn Leisure site officers found a substantial amount of class A and B drugs along with £10,435 in cash.

Three members of the organised criminal group were sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court.

 Nicholas Smith, aged 35-years-old, of East Point, London was sentenced yesdterday (20/9) to a total of four years and five months imprisonment after pleading guilty to one count of possession of class A, cocaine, with intent to supply; one count of possession of class B, cannabis, with intent to supply; one count of possession of class B, amphetamine, with intent to supply; one count of possession of criminal property, £10,435 in cash and one count of section 92 of Trade Mark Act offences.

Louise Carter, aged 31-years-old, of East Point, London was sentenced yesterday (20/9) to a 12 months community order and £535 costs for court after pleading guilty to one count of section 92 of Trade Mark Act offences.

Lucy Ryan, aged 27-years-old, of Gainsborough Drive, Selsey, West Sussex, was sentenced on 27 July 2016 to a 12 months community order and 100 hours unpaid work after pleading guilty to one count of section 92 of Trade Mark Act offences.

Det Con Lee Pocock, from SEROCU’s Criminal Finance Team, said: “This was a well organised criminal group looking to trade in counterfeit goods, operating out of West Sussex.

“In this particular case, Smith was also supplying class A and B drugs, which we know cause untold damage and distress in the local community.

“We will continue to use our various capabilities to identify and dismantle organised criminal groups who operate within the South East region.”