Jail for £1.4 million Bexley and Greenwich cocaine ring

News Shopper: Clockwise from top left: John Coogan, Mark Ives, Jamie Haylett and Peter Munday. Clockwise from top left: John Coogan, Mark Ives, Jamie Haylett and Peter Munday.

Members of a drug gang with ties to Erith, Bexleyheath, Welling and Plumstead have been jailed for supplying cocaine worth £1.4 million.

Mark Ives and Peter Munday controlled a network of drug couriers distributing cocaine and amphetamines in Bexleyheath and Erith.

Today at Inner London Crown Court Ives, 35, of Grove Road, Bexleyheath, was jailed for a total of seven years and four months, having pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply 4.8kg of cocaine, and conspiring to supply 15kg of amphetamines.

Munday, 36, of Park Crescent, Erith, was jailed for a total of eight years and three months after admitting conspiring to supply cocaine, amphetamine and possessing £42,000 of criminal property.

Police conducted a series of raids on the seven-strong gang, who have been jailed for a total of more than 28 years.

One such pre-planned operation on March 18, 2013, caught Jamie Haylett at Little Haven Stud Farm in Sidcup with 13.9g of cocaine in two locked safes hidden under the wooden boards in the rear of his van.

A search warrant was executed at the farm, which was being rented by Munday, and £8,500 was discovered in an office safe and a further £31,500 in a carrier bag stashed in a container.

A further search was conducted at a garage in Colyers Lane, Erith, which was being rented by Haylett.

Inside the garage officers discovered a suitcase containing 15kg of amphetamines and 1.7kg of cocaine was discovered in a safe.

On May 16 last year at Woolwich Crown Court, Haylett, 36, of Vicarage Close, Erith was sentenced to six years in prison, having pleaded guilty to possessing 1.7kg cocaine with intent to supply and possessing 15kg of amphetamines with intent to supply.

Today John Coogan, 36, of Plumstead Common Road, Plumstead was jailed for six years and six months after admitting conspiring to supply 800g of cocaine.

All the drugs seized were of a high purity and the cocaine, weighing approximately 6.4kg, had a street value around £1.4 million.

Also seized during the course of the investigation were 500g Ecstasy, 15kg Amphetamine, 1kg cannabis resin and £54,000 cash.

Detective Inspector Tim Grinsted of the Met’s Central Task Force, said: "This complex investigation demonstrates how the Metropolitan Police's Central Task Force is committed to pursuing those bent of profiting from the inevitable misery that class A drugs bring to our communities.

"The sentences handed down today reflect the serious nature of these offences."

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5:43pm Mon 28 Apr 14

SidcupResident says...

I don't know why in the 21st century people bother drug dealing, committing fraud, and other financial crimes as a way of life when we now have the Proceeds Of Crime Act.

Decades ago criminals could commit these crimes and hope there loot would be waiting for them when they came out.

Now they have to give all the money back or face another 5-10 years in the prison showers with Mr Big.....
I don't know why in the 21st century people bother drug dealing, committing fraud, and other financial crimes as a way of life when we now have the Proceeds Of Crime Act. Decades ago criminals could commit these crimes and hope there loot would be waiting for them when they came out. Now they have to give all the money back or face another 5-10 years in the prison showers with Mr Big..... SidcupResident
  • Score: 6

6:04am Tue 29 Apr 14

sarfflondonbird says...

At least the scum has been removed from our streets for a few years although permanently would be ideal. No doubt they will probably start dealing somehow from inside their cosy cells. It seems the norm these days. Good riddance.
At least the scum has been removed from our streets for a few years although permanently would be ideal. No doubt they will probably start dealing somehow from inside their cosy cells. It seems the norm these days. Good riddance. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 6

12:49pm Tue 29 Apr 14

kentlad says...

Great work always good to read scum bags like these being taken off our streets!
Great work always good to read scum bags like these being taken off our streets! kentlad
  • Score: 1

2:35pm Tue 29 Apr 14

ACsicsek says...

What a waste of time. They get thrown into prison, and others step in to take their place. Talk about "inevitable misery" - prohibit something people are willing to pay for, and there will always been someone willing to supply it. Maybe if we shifted the time and resources spent pursuing drug dealers in criminal investigations to proper education and treatment (Bexley only has one narcotics treatment centre across the entire borough) we could actually help to alleviate some of the misery out there.
What a waste of time. They get thrown into prison, and others step in to take their place. Talk about "inevitable misery" - prohibit something people are willing to pay for, and there will always been someone willing to supply it. Maybe if we shifted the time and resources spent pursuing drug dealers in criminal investigations to proper education and treatment (Bexley only has one narcotics treatment centre across the entire borough) we could actually help to alleviate some of the misery out there. ACsicsek
  • Score: 9

2:49pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Wombles4000 says...

Spot on AC. The war on drugs has never worked. It's costs billions each year and prohibition just encourages violent gangs and producers. Even the Americans have learnt that now along with the rest of Europe. The UK will carry on wasting billions a year trying to stop all illegal drugs and achieve nothing. The next gang will just move in.
Spot on AC. The war on drugs has never worked. It's costs billions each year and prohibition just encourages violent gangs and producers. Even the Americans have learnt that now along with the rest of Europe. The UK will carry on wasting billions a year trying to stop all illegal drugs and achieve nothing. The next gang will just move in. Wombles4000
  • Score: 15

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