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Man wanted for supplying drugs to Gloucester jailed

A wanted man arrested in Calais last October has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years for his part in a conspiracy to supply cannabis from the West Midlands to Gloucester.  The other nine members of the organised crime group were sentenced to a total of 70 years in June 2018 following an investigation that saw £72,000…
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Three appear in court as part of human trafficking investigation

Three people appeared at Bristol Magistrates’ Court today (11 February) in connection with a South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (SW ROCU) investigation into human trafficking. Lezlie Davies, 61, of Millennium Plaza in Cheltenham is charged with managing a brothel; Rosana Gomes, 45, of High Six Gardens in Patchway, Bristol, is charged with controlling prostitution…
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Ten convicted of running Merseyside to Dorset ‘county line’

An organised crime group has been sentenced to a total of more than 60 years in prison for their roles in running a ‘county line’ known as the ‘Scouse Porky Line’, which supplied heroin and cocaine from Merseyside to Bournemouth. Eight of the group, which was led by Thomas Garcia and James Brown, pleaded guilty…
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Man brought back from Spain as part of human trafficking investigation

A man has been extradited from Spain to the UK today (5 December) to face eight charges as part of a South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (SW ROCU) investigation into human trafficking. Mark Viner, 61, was arrested at his home in Sitges, near Barcelona, on October 24 by Spanish police officers accompanied by officers…
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Yate man sentenced to five years for drug dealing

A man arrested last month following a warrant at his home in Yate has been sentenced to five years and four months in prison. Sean Mortell, 39, from Milton Road pleaded guilty at Bristol Crown Court on Monday (4 November) to three offences of possession with intent to supply drugs – cocaine, MDMA and cannabis…
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Two arrests as part of cannabis conspiracy investigation

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to produce cannabis following three warrants in Bristol yesterday (Thursday, 31 October). Officers from the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (SW ROCU) carried out warrants on Lichfield Road in St Annes, Glen Park in Eastville and Linden House on Kingswood High Street at midday.  The…
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Four men charged and multi-level cannabis factory dismantled

Four Bristol and South Gloucestershire men have been charged with conspiracy to supply cannabis following an operation last Thursday (October 10) that saw a multi-level cannabis factory in Birkenhead, Merseyside, dismantled and £650k worth of plants seized. Edi Daka, 45 from Dudley Court, Barrs Court, South Gloucestershire; Eno Suma, 34, of Bishopsworth Road, Bedminster Down,…
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Wanted man arrested in Calais after trying to re-enter UK

A man wanted on suspicion of conspiracy to supply cannabis from the West Midlands to Gloucester has been arrested in Calais, brought back to the South West and charged with the offence. Asim Khan, 35, from Fulham Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham appeared at Gloucester Magistrates’ Court today (10 October) and has been remanded in custody. Officers…
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Yate man charged and remanded following drugs warrant

A Yate man has been charged with drugs and money laundering offences after officers carried out a warrant at his home last Thursday (3 October). Cocaine, cannabis bush and thousands of pounds in cash were seized after officers searched his home and vehicle. Sean Mortell, 39, from Milton Road in Yate has been charged with…
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Nail bar workers protected from risk of slavery and trafficking

Three people have been issued with Slavery and Trafficking Risk Orders following a hearing at Bristol Magistrates’ Court last Friday (September 20). Tien Thi Bui, 56, from Westbury; Manh Bui, 29, from Trowbridge; and Linh Bui, 32, from London did not contest the order, which was applied for by the South West Regional Organised Crime…
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