Two men who planned to supply cocaine across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have been jailed.
Jamie Garland, 42, was found guilty of conspiracy to supply the drug following a trial at Lincoln Crown Court – a charge he denied.
On the first day of the trial he admitted another charge of possession of cocaine with intent to supply. Garland was tried alongside 22-year-old Marco Henry, who was also charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine. He was also found guilty of the offence today (Tuesday 13 August).
Garland, of Hallam Crescent East, Leicester, was sentenced to six years imprisonment, while Henry was given a four-year sentence.
On 30 November 2018, both men were arrested by police in Leicestershire as part of an investigation carried out by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU). Garland was found to be in possession of cocaine worth between £2,300 and £2,800.
Henry, of Shortridge Lane, Enderby was arrested at his home address and thousands of pounds worth of cash was found in both his home and car.
Both men were released on bail but on 26 February this year, Garland was arrested at St Pancras International Station as he attempted leave the country. Both he and Henry were charged with the offences.
EMSOU investigator Rachael Robinson said: “Both men denied conspiring to supply a class A drug, despite evidence gathered during our investigation linking them both to the crime.
“The cocaine that Henry supplied to Garland would no doubt have been destined for the streets of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland – and maybe even further afield. I hope the public can take reassurance from the fact both men have been convicted of the offence and will receive a custodial sentence.
“I would also encourage anyone who has information relating to the supply and distribution of drugs to report the matter to police.”