Article by Alasdair Hooper: Two drug dealers from Essex have been jailed for 17 years after cocaine with a potential worth of £1.5million was found on a Roxwell industrial unit.
Daniel Reuter, 34, of Church Road, Billericay and Kyle Cookson, 32, of Gladden Fields, South Woodham Ferrers were stopped in a van by officers from the joint NCA and Metropolitan Police Service’s Organised Crime Partnership (OCP) back in July 2018.
The pair were stopped outside an industrial unit on Ash Tree Farm Industrial Estate, Roxwell, with officers soon uncovering 20kg of cocaine.
An initial search of the cargo area at the industrial estate revealed a carrier bag containing envelopes with five one-kilo blocks inside, packed in with boxes of frozen food.
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Inside the unit, another ten kilos were found in a safe and a further five kilos were recovered from the van.
The officers also discovered that another van at the unit had been fitted with a purpose-built, steel void, accessed by a removable wooden floor, which was used to conceal drugs.
A small amount of cash and two luxury watches were recovered from Reuter’s home address during a separate search.
Reuter and Cookson both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs and were sentenced to nine years and eight years respectively on Friday, October 19 at Woolwich Crown Court.
A total of 20kg of cocaine were found at the industrial unit. Spencer Barnett from the Organised Crime Partnership, said:
“Reuter and Cookson used the industrial unit to coordinate their illicit activities, shown by the heat sealing machines, brown tape and other items of packaging found at the site. The sentencing today is a result of the OCP’s efforts to protect communities from the violence, gang culture and criminal activity fuelled by the illegal supply of class A drugs.”
Article by Alasdair Hooper, Essex Live