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Seven caged as police crack heroin ring that operated in Dorset
3:00pm Saturday 26th January 2013 in News
Seven men have been sentenced to a total of 19 years and four months in prison for their part in a drugs ring that operated in Dorset.
The arrests were carried out under Operation Asquith, targeting key members of the organised drug gang, who were setting up and co-ordinating drug cells across southern counties to supply crack cocaine and heroin.
Shortly after 7am on September 15, 2011, 100 officers from the five forces involved in the operation executed warrants in Plymouth, Southampton, Sheffield, and Manchester.
The arrests came after a lengthy investigation, which led police to a drug dealing network originating in Manchester and operating across the South of England.
The seven, who were jailed at Portsmouth Crown Court are Troy Clack, 20, of Southampton, Simon Simpson, 32, of, Manchester, Dale Carroll, 23, of Blackley, Greater Manchester, Sonny Elms, 20, of Collyhurst, Greater Manchester, Robert Guilfoyle, 21, of Camborne, Cornwall, Jake Newson, 20, of Plymouth, Devon and Ryan Poole, 24, of Manchester.
Seven others, one man and six women, were sentenced in November and December last year in relation to money laundering for the organised criminal gang.