Four convicted in connection with large-scale cocaine and cannabis supply – South East
Three men and one woman have been convicted in connection with a conspiracy to supply large amounts of cocaine and cannabis to communities across the South East.
Following a trial at Winchester Crown Court which concluded today (25/5), Miles Cracknell, aged 45, of no fixed abode, was found guilty of conspiring to supply a controlled drug of class A (cocaine), conspiring to supply a controlled drug of class B (cannabis) and possession of criminal property.
Terri Rawlins, aged 61, of Copperfield, Chigwell, Essex, was found guilty of two counts of possession of criminal property.
Darren Sterling, aged 57, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty at the beginning of the trial to conspiracy to supply class A (cocaine) and possessing criminal property.
Max Pompermaier, aged 31, of Highgate Lane, Farnborough, Hampshire, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to conspiring to supply a controlled drug of class B (cannabis) and concealing/disguising/converting criminal property.
Christian Morgans, aged 37, of Saint Johns Street, Godalming was acquitted of all charges against him.
The South East Regional Organised Crime Unit’s investigation into the organised crime group uncovered that it had been supplying large amounts of high purity cocaine and cannabis across the South of England between November 2017 and April 2018.
The defendants’ were found to have been using sophisticated methods to disguise their numbers in a bid to avoid being linked to each other and to the offences.
During the investigation cocaine with a street value in excess of £800,000 was recovered as well as over £195,000 in cash.
Cracknell and Pompermaier were charged on 30 September 2021.
Rawlins and Sterling were summonsed on 22 October 2021.
Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Clair Trueman, of SEROCU, said: “The supply of drugs causes significant harm in our communities, particularly to those who use illegal substances as well as those affected by the criminality which accompanies it.
“Working together, the defendants in this case played significant roles in an organised crime group which supplied the south east with Class A and Class B substances.
“They attempted to hide their criminality by using sophisticated SIM cards, however, SEROCU officers were able to decipher their methods and uncovered a wealth of evidence against them. As a result two of them pleaded guilty and the other two have been found guilty by a jury following a trial.”
Cracknell and Sterling have been remanded in custody whilst Rawlins and Pompermaier have been released on bail for sentencing at a later date.