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A 30-year-old man from Leicester has been jailed for supplying class A drugs throughout the county.
Kieron Ross, appeared at Leicester Crown Court on Friday (20 March) where he was sentenced to eight years and 10 months imprisonment.
Ross, of Winton Avenue, had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs at an earlier hearing.
The sentencing draws to a close an investigation by officers from East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) into Ross’s illegal activity between December 2018 and May 2019.
Officers spent a considerable number of hours carrying out enquiries into his movements resulting in his arrest last year.
On 1 May, officers detained Ross as he left an address in Gooding Avenue in Leicester. A search of his rucksack recovered three plastic food bags containing high purity cocaine cut with boric acid, £500 and two metallic plates for use with a hydraulic press.
When the plates were forensically tested traces of cocaine were found.
A search of one of two Leicester addresses being used by Ross recovered a plastic tub containing 15kg of boric acid – a substance used as a cutting agent for cocaine. Also found were other drugs paraphernalia and a hydraulic press, used to compact powdered drugs into blocks making it easier to hide and transport.
Detective Inspector Lee Hunt, from EMSOU, said: “Illegal drugs cause untold damage to society and we are determined to stamp it out in our communities.
“The outcome of this complex investigation shows our commitment to tackling these types of offences bringing those involved before the court.”
• Thomas Deamer, 31, of Gooding Avenue, was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment after pleading guilty to allowing his premises to be used to supply a controlled class A drug