Some of our investigations which have led to charges and/or convictions in court recently.
Convictions include a gang of 16 men who have been jailed for a total of more than 86 years after they were found to be selling drugs by text and a man jailed for 15 years for sexual offences following the four-year dedication of an officer to see justice done for a teenage girl.
Gang selling drugs by text jailed for more than 86 years
A gang of 16 men who sold cocaine via text message have been jailed for a total of more than 86 years.
Operating out of addresses in Leicester city centre, the group operated three mobile phone numbers which allowed members of the public to buy drugs.
An ‘operator’ would be a direct point of contact with the buyer and would then contact a ‘courier’ – who was using a different number – who would then meet the buyer, hand over the cocaine and collect the cash.
However, the group’s criminal activity – between October 2019 and January 2021 – was uncovered following a comprehensive investigation by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU).
Leicester man jailed after £300,000 worth of heroin recovered
The discovery of a substantial stash of class A drugs has led to a man being jailed for 18 years.
Fadeel Hanslod was sentenced at Leicester Crown Court after a rucksack containing 6kg of heroin, two pistols and multiple rounds of ammunition, was found in the alleyway next to his flat in Derwent Street, Leicester.
Police were made aware of the hoard after the bag was discovered on the morning of Tuesday 12 April 2022.
Following the find, an investigation began and subsequent enquiries quickly led detectives to declare Hanslod a suspect and he was arrested.
The four-year dedication of an officer to see justice done for a teenage girl who was raped has led to the man responsible being jailed for 15 years.
Detective Constable Suzie Brenton from the force’s Child Abuse Investigation Unit (CAIU) has remained committed to the case since taking over as the officer in charge in February 2019.
Her efforts to ensure the victim’s voice was heard have never waived and following a trial at Leicester Crown Court, Kevin Sidwell was found guilty of two counts of rape – which occurred on at least 10 separate occasions – and two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
The 54-year-old, of High Street, Barwell, was given a total of 15 years in prison for the offences which happened between December 2010 and May 2018.
Praise for officer as her suspicion leads to one of biggest single cocaine seizures in force area
An officer has been praised after a vehicle stop led to one of the biggest single cocaine seizures in the force area.
More than 100kg of cocaine, which has an estimated street value of more than £8million, was found by the officer from the force’s roads policing unit, when she stopped the van in the Blaby area in June last year.
On Wednesday 15 March, the driver 41-year-old Jamie Gough was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.
Chief Constable Rob Nixon praised the police work which has led to the conviction.
Chief Constable Nixon said: "This was a vehicle stop which was made purely based on an officer’s intuition and suspicion about the manner in which a vehicle was being driven. It ultimately led to millions of pounds worth of cocaine being seized and removed from our streets."
Prolific drug dealer operating in the Loughborough area jailed
A prolific offender with previous convictions for drugs offences has been jailed for his part in a dealing line operating in the Loughborough area.
In January this year officers executed a warrant at a property in Forest Road and arrested 29-year-old Mohammed Rahman after he was found with a quantity of drugs on him and mobile phones, believed to be used to organise and operate his drugs ‘business’.
After a search of his car officers found a quantity of crack cocaine and heroin in the boot. All the drugs recovered had an estimated street value of nearly £28,000.
The investigation revealed Rahman, of no fixed address, was selling class A drugs across North Leicestershire including Loughborough.
A man, who was arrested hours after an assault and robbery following a swift response by officers, has been sentenced to five years in prison.
At around 6pm on Wednesday 24 August last year, a worker at a service station, which is on the junction of Desford Lane and A47 Hinckley Road, noticed a grey Honda pulled onto the forecourt and stop at the pump closest to the road.
Martin McDonagh – who is 33 and of Copt Oak Road, Markfield - got out of the vehicle and a worker inside the store noticed the pump was in use but that McDonagh did not appear to be filling the car’s fuel tank.
He went outside and on approaching the vehicle, he noticed that McDonagh was filling containers on the back seat.
An argument took place between the two and as the worker challenged him, McDonagh attacked him slashing him with a knife across his chest and his upper arm.