Successful prosecutions of two separate heavyweight drugs cases result in lengthy prison sentences

18 January 2023

Two heavyweight drugs cases have recently been successfully concluded by Stephen Mather leading Giles Fleming, prosecuting on behalf of the CPS.

In the first case, a county lines conspiracy, the lead defendant was sentenced to 10 years 7 months imprisonment at Cambridge Crown Court. He was responsible for organising teenage runners to deliver drugs in Cambridgeshire, whilst also maintaining a separate drugs enterprise in South London.

The second case, investigated by the NCA, involved a conspiracy to supply a kilo of cocaine, with evidence of another 5kg of cocaine being recently supplied by one defendant, along with more than 75kg of cannabis by others. Sentences between 5½ years and 11 years were imposed on the conspirators at Ipswich Crown Court.

The first case also involved allegations of modern slavery, along with factually complex disclosure issues; while both cases involved the presentation of extensive telephone evidence of various kinds.