Organised crime group sentenced to 57 years in prison
The eight men convicted at Bristol Crown Court last month of conspiracies to supply heroin, cocaine and cannabis – as well as money laundering offences – have been sentenced to a total of 57 years in prison.
Full details of the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (SW ROCU) investigation, which led to £305,000 worth of drugs and nearly £200,000 worth of cash being seized from properties in south Bristol, the West Midlands and Reading, can be found here.
The sentences handed out by Judge Longman yesterday (December 19) are:
- Jimmy Hicks, 32, of Bideford Crescent, Filwood, Bristol sentenced to 13 years after being found guilty of conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine and cannabis
- Wocjiech Kolodziejcyk, 31, formerly of Seymour Road, Oldbury, West Midlands, but sentenced in his absence to 13 years after being found guilty of conspiracy to supply cocaine, possession with intent to supply cocaine and possession of criminal property (cash)
- Wilson Mirembe, 38, of HMP Bristol (in HMP Guys Marsh at the time of the offence) sentenced to six years and eight months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply heroin
- Matthew Penny, 31, of Lakeshore Apartments, Hartcliffe, Bristol sentenced to five years and six months after pleading guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply class A
- Salat Dini, 32, of Thetford Close, Tottenham, London sentenced to six years and nine months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply heroin
- Radoslaw Stark, 27, of Noose Crescent, Willenhall, West Midlands sentenced to four years and six months after being found guilty of conspiracy to supply cocaine
- Altin Laska, 30, of Franklyn House, Reading sentenced to six years after being found guilty of conspiracy to supply cannabis and possession of criminal property (cash)
- Romeo Zani, 25, of Fenns Way, Woking, Surrey sentenced to one year and eight months after being found guilty of conspiracy to supply cannabis and possession of criminal property (cash)
HHJ Longman praised the effort put in by the investigation team, awarding three Crown Court Commendations.
Detective Inspector Paul Catton from the SW ROCU, said: “The sentences imposed on the group reflect the scale of their crimes and the harm they were inflicting on communities in Bristol.
“The prison sentences are just the start: the huge amounts of cash seized show the profits the group were making. Our specialist financial investigators will now work to identify all the cash and assets that are the proceeds of these crimes and secure confiscation orders against them.”