Two drug dealers jailed for importing cocaine mixed in coffee
Two men have been jailed for importing 1.4kg of cocaine which was mixed with coffee, following an investigation by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU).
David Westwell, aged 45, of Pembroke Road, Salisbury pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to import class A drugs and was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment.
Dean Bailey, aged 35 of Downton Road, Salisbury was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to import class A drugs and was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment.
Both men were sentenced on Thursday (14/12/2018) at Southampton Crown Court.
In August 2016 David Westwell registered a company with Companies House called ‘Coffee 4Me LTD’ of which he and Dean Bailey were Directors.
In September 2016 a shipment of five boxes of coffee were imported from Peru into the UK which had been labelled as ‘Coffee Arabica’ and addressed to Westwell’s home address. Officers from SEROCU were made aware of the shipment by the Peruvian authorities.
A search was carried out of Westwell’s home address and the consignment of five boxes was recovered by SEROCU officers. The cocaine had been removed from the boxes before delivery to the address, which had a potential street value of up to £169,000.
At the time of David Westwell’s initial arrest in September 2016, he was on trial at Winchester Crown Court for an unconnected fraud offence. He was subsequently found guilty of the fraud offence and on 22nd September 2016 he received a 42 month custodial sentence for the fraud. His six year sentence is to run consecutively.
“The sentences send out a clear message to anyone involved in the importation and supply of drugs; you will be caught and brought before the courts.
“This seizure and the convictions has stopped a significant quantity of cocaine from being dealt on the streets of the UK.
“The arrest is a fantastic example of detectives from the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit work closely alongside international agencies to speedily take action against those trying to bring class A drugs into the UK.
“Smugglers continue to try more sophisticated ways of concealing drugs to get them into this country but as this case proves we are one step ahead. We have dedicated teams working around the clock to track down those people who try to do this and bring them to justice.”
Detective Inspector Neil Cripps, SEROCU Investigations team
Anyone who has any information about drugs in their area should call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.