Nationwide drugs gang behind bars
15 Mar 2017 16:00 PM[View Full Size]
Five people have been sentenced after a long-running operation by the North East Regional Specialist Operations Unit (NERSOU).
They were sentenced to more than 40 years for their involvement in a nationwide drugs supply and consipracy network.
Aidan Dobbing,32, Ravelston Close, Doxford Park, Sunderland was sentenced to 14 years.
Iain Potts, 29, Cavendish Place, Silksworth, Sunderland was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years.
Simon Loomes, 43, Dukes Valley, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire was sentenced to 11 years.
Kevin Dudley, 39, Hadrian Park, Jarrow was sentenced to six years, nine months.
Asa Dobbing, 37, Ryhope Grange Court, Ryhope, Sunderland was sentenced to 14 years.
The extensive investigation targeted an organised crime group in the North East of England whose criminal activities extended from Sunderland to Thames Valley and London.
The gang were responsible for arranging the supply of class ‘A’ controlled drugs, namely cocaine. The drugs were acquired from criminal associates from Thames Valley and London, which were then destined for the communities within the North East Region.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Colling from the North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU) said: "This organised crime group had a complex network set up within the North East region, they clearly thought that this enabled them to carry out their criminal activities unnoticed. They were wrong.
"The Dobbing brothers and other criminal associates enjoyed a lavish lifestyle and thought that they would continue to live the high life. They were wrong.
"The distribution of the drugs centred in the Sunderland area and the value of the trade runs into millions of pounds. The drugs recovered during this operation were an extremely high purity. The Dobbing brothers and or their criminal associates continued to carry out their criminal activities and this in my opinion is an extraordinary display of arrogance.
"This operation has successfully dismantled this criminal enterprise within the North East. It’s rare to take out every layer of a gang, especially one as complex as this, but that’s exactly what we’ve done.
"The sentencing from this investigation reflects the roles and involvement that this gang played in serious and organised crime. This should be a message to those thinking of becoming involved in crime or continuing their criminal activities to stop.
"Think of the impact of committing crime and getting caught, the shame and embarrassment this brings to you, your family, your friends and your communities. Losing the best years of your life behind bars, instead of spending those years with those that mean the most to you."