Two Drug Dealers Jailed Following Police Operation
4:19pm 27th October 2014
James Cosser, 28 and from Corfe Mullen, was jailed at Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday 24 October 2014 for a total of 10 years – seven years for conspiracy to supply class A drugs and three years for conspiracy to supply class B drugs, to run consecutively.
Reece Barker, 23, also from Corfe Mullen, was sentenced to three years in prison for conspiracy to supply class B drugs.
The pair were charged following two detailed investigations led by Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team. A total of 10 men were arrested as part of the investigations which aimed to target and disrupt organised crime groups.
Senior Investigating Officer Craig Travers said: “These convictions display our ongoing commitment to tackling organised crime groups in Dorset. I hope they act as a warning to anyone considering dealing in drugs – you will be arrested and brought to justice.
“Drug dealing, drug use and associated crimes cause nothing but devastation and misery. Dorset Police do not tolerate drug dealers in Dorset.”
The first investigation began in March 2011 when detectives launched Operation Maverick to investigate a group who were suspected of dealing in controlled drugs.
On 18 January 2012 officers recovered 3.1 kilos of amphetamines from a wooded area in Corfe Mullen. This led to the arrest of Cosser and Barker.
The second investigation – Operation Ace – related to an investigation concerning the suspected distribution of controlled drugs by another organised crime group.
On 11 October 2012 a small cannabis factory, 835g of Benzocaine and 800g of high purity cocaine was discovered at an address in Corfe Mullen. Subsequent forensic and phone analysis linked Cosser to the investigation.
Further seizures took place in the Dorchester area on 9 November 2012 relating to this organised crime group.
Five members of this group were sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on 6 June 2014 to over 35 years in jail for their part in the drugs ring.
Craig Travers continued: “These convictions followed detailed covert investigations and I would like to pay tribute to all the officers who worked on the investigation – in particular Detective Sergeant Simon Huxter and Detective Constable Neil Robbins – whose professionalism and dedicated long hours of duty unpicked the group’s activities and led to convictions and lengthy prison sentences.
“It is clear that James Cosser was a significant individual in both groups and his sentence reflects the serious and sustained nature of his offending.”