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Pictured: Tia Donvan-Jones<br />
Re: The remaining eight members of a Newport-based organised crime group – two women and six men - have been sent to prison for more than 30 years at Newport Crown Court today (Friday 3rd May).<br />
The gang was responsible for bringing in and distributing nearly £2m of cocaine throughout Newport and the surrounding areas.<br />
The eight sentenced today are half of a 16-strong group of defendants who will be sentenced as a result of Operation Finch, which saw the gang being investigated for almost two years by officers from Tarian, the Regional Organised Crime Unit for southern Wales. The first phase of sentencing saw eight men sent to prison for more than 60 years.<br />
The arrests were carried out in June last year following a series of co-ordinated raids involving more than 120 officers on properties in the Maindee and Alway areas of Newport led by Tarian and working with Gwent police.<br />
The gang used various premises in and around Newport to store the drugs while running a dedicated drugs line from a mobile phone and a courier service.<br />
Detective Chief Inspector Julian Bull from Tarian said:  “There is a human cost to the trade of supplying drugs, and we will work tirelessly to stop this.  I cannot over-emphasise the dangers of cocaine and the harm it can cause to the community as a whole.  It is good to know that these criminals are now behind bars and unable to continue profiting from the misery their trade brings to our neighbourhoods.<br />
“As this case shows, someone who is perceived to be a small-time criminal can often be linked to a much larger operation, and the smallest bit of information can sometimes be the missing piece of the puzzle for our officers.<br />
“This was a jointly co-ordinated approach to tackling serious and organised crime in the region between Tarian and our partners in Gwent police.<br />
“Tarian ROCU focusses its assets on the most serious organised crime that occurs both across the southern Wales region and nationally.
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Pictured: Tia Donvan-Jones
Re: The remaining eight members of a Newport-based organised crime group – two women and six men - have been sent to prison for more than 30 years at Newport Crown Court today (Friday 3rd May).
The gang was responsible for bringing in and distributing nearly £2m of cocaine throughout Newport and the surrounding areas.
The eight sentenced today are half of a 16-strong group of defendants who will be sentenced as a result of Operation...
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