Drug dealer jailed for over seven years – Reading

A man who has been described as ‘an entrusted lieutenant’ for drug dealing in court has been jailed following an investigation by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU). Michael Gayle, 40-years old, of Wentworth Way in Ascot, pleaded guilty at Reading Crown Court on Wednesday (22/7) and received the following:     ...

South East of England law enforcement part of biggest UK targeting of serious and organised crime sees 45 arrests, seizing of £3.1 million in criminal cash and 86 kilos in drugs

The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) and forces in the region have conducted a series of operations as part of the biggest UK law enforcement operation targeting serious and organised crime. The National Crime Agency (NCA) has been working in partnership with every Regional Organised Crime Unit and police force both in...

International organised immigration crime group ordered to pay back proceeds of crime

Six members of an international organised immigration crime group have been ordered to pay back over £326,000 after a financial investigation by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU). Following their conviction for organised immigration crime offences, the organised crime group were the subject of confiscation investigations by SEROCU, with hearings in November...

Southampton man sentenced for child sex offences

Following an investigation by police officers from the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU), a Southampton man has been sentenced for child sex offences. Adam Piggott, aged 31, of Mansfield Park Street, Southampton, was convicted and sentenced at Southampton Crown Court on Friday (19/6). Piggott was arrested on 7 November 2019 at Shirley...

Extradited drug dealer jailed after fleeing to Spain

A man who fled the country while under investigation for supplying cocaine and counterfeit medication has been jailed. Luke Kelly, 35, of no fixed abode, was jailed for 9 years 3 months yesterday (28/5) after admitting to supplying cocaine and counterfeit Diazepam, following an investigation by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU)....

Final member of drug dealing gang jailed

The final member of a drugs gang has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment today (28/5) following an investigation by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU). Benjamin Kirby, aged 30, of Sutton Field in Whitehill, Hampshire, had previously been found guilty of Conspiracy to Supply Class A drugs (cocaine), following a trial...

Leader of people smuggling gang jailed

The leader of a people smuggling gang bringing illegal migrants into the UK on a dinghy has been jailed following his extradition. Vladimir Bardoshi 36, from Albania, was the third member of the group to be convicted after he was handed a nine-year prison sentence at Canterbury Crown Court on Tuesday (19/5). A South...

Police issue cyber advice to businesses as Surrey man sentenced

A specialist policing unit has issued cyber security advice aimed at businesses, after a man from Surrey was sentenced for his involvement in setting up a website that allowed customers to anonymously attack other websites. The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) has issued the guidance following the conviction of 20-year-old Joseph Connolly,...

SEROCU work safeguards over 180 children from potential abuse

A specialist police unit tackling child abuse and exploitation across the south east has helped safeguard 181 at-risk children in the last 12 months. The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) manages the threat of child sexual exploitation and cybercrime – among other crime – across the region and works closely alongside police...