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OCG Convictions for Importation of Class A Drugs

1 July 2024

An Organised Crime Group who imported 177kg cocaine and 632kg ketamine from Europe have been convicted after a four week trial at Hove Crown Court. 

In a joint operation by the NCA and Sussex Police's Serious Organised Crime Squad, two runs were detected showing lorry collections in Belgium and France.

Phone, ANPR, DNA and financial evidence showed the way in which the OCG was operating.  Tachygraph and refrigeration expert evidence showed the steps taken by the drivers to evade detection. 

Following a trial, the group was sentenced to a total of 41 years imprisonment. 

Kathryn Arnot Drummond, leading Laura Jeffrey from 6KBW College Hill, appeared on behalf of the Crown instructed by the CPS.