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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 at Guildford Crown Court in December 2019.

An investigation was launched after a car driven by another gang member, Jake Wheeler, was stopped on the M3 near Frimley in Surrey, in December 2018 and two kilos of high purity cocaine were found in the vehicle. After an investigation by officers from SEROCU, the other three members were identified and linked to Wheeler.

During a search at Wheeler’s home, a further kilo of high purity cocaine was found under his bed. Detectives seized drugs, with a street value of more than £300,000, along with large sums of cash and multiple mobile phones.

Kirby was sentenced today (28/05) at Guildford Crown Court via video link from Highdown Prison.

This is a great result for our unit. Drug dealing causes significant harm in our communities, and this is a priority for the SEROCU to disrupt the supply of drugs and remove drugs and dealers from our streets.

I would urge anyone who may have information about drug dealing, regardless of the location, to contact police by calling 101.

Detective Inspector Graham Curtis, from SEROCU’s Investigations Team