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Coventry and Birstall men jailed for dealing class A drugs

Coventry Editorial 10th Feb, 2022

TWO members of an organised crime group who admitted being involved in the supply of class A drugs have been jailed for more than 15 years between them.

Sailesh Kumar was jailed for nine years and seven months after he pleaded guilty in December last year to conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Kevin Thomson, who also pleaded guilty to the same offence, was sentenced to six years and seven months.

Both men were part of an organised crime group whose activities unravelled after officers from East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) executed more than 50 warrants in the summer of 2019 across Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Liverpool.

Kumar, 38, of Anglian Way, Coventry, was identified as the organiser who in February 2019 directed the exchange of more than two kilos of cocaine.

He used 45-year-old Thomson, of Ambergate Drive, Birstall, as his courier to deliver the drugs to another member of the organised crime group.

The enforcement was codenamed Operation Clubman and led by Det Insp Lee Hunt from EMSOU.

DI Hunt said: “To date a number of individuals have been jailed for more than 165 years between them, those sentences are a testament to the vast amount of work that has gone into this operation.

“Officers have worked tirelessly on the evidence which has helped secure these convictions.

“Those convicted ran a business-like operation and they all had a key role to play in the supply of controlled drugs onto the streets.

“This was a significant operation for us but our work doesn’t end here. We know the supply of controlled drugs is a never-ending battle and there is always someone waiting to fill the gap left by others.

“Our efforts to stop the misuse of drugs will continue and we will carry out further operations of this nature to disrupt the criminal activity.”

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