Nine people sentenced for drug offences following large scale operation

Thursday, 3 March 2016
Nine more people have been sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court in connection with a large scale Kent Police operation targeting the supply of drugs in Dover.

In total, 27 people have now been sentenced in connection with the crackdown and they are now serving over 60-years between them behind bars.

Six men and two women were sentenced yesterday (Wednesday, 2 March 2016) for their part in the Class A drug supply network. Today (3 March) a woman was also sentenced for being concerned in the supply of Class A Drugs.

All of those sentenced admitted the charges against them following an undercover policing operation called Op Victory and a number of dawn raids.
  • Rashel Ahmeed, 30 years old, admitted conspiring to supply Class A Drugs. He was sentenced to four years imprisonment.
  • Jasmin Begum, 28 years old, was charged with conspiracy to supply crack cocaine. She was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment.
  • Matthew Dines, 31 years old, of Heathfield Avenue, Dover, pleaded guilty conspiracy to supply Class A Drugs. He was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment.
  • Imran Hussain, 38 years old, formerly of Folkestone Road, Dover, admitted conspiracy to supply Class A Drugs. He was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.
  • Kenneth George Nightingale, 55 years old, of Gorley Almshouses, Dover admitted his part in conspiracy to supply Class A Drugs and obstructing a constable. He was sentenced to five years and eight months imprisonment.
  • Setab Ali, 27 years old, pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply heroin and crack cocaine. He was sentenced to six years four months in prison.
  • Abdus Salam, 34 years old, was charged with conspiracy to supply heroin. He was sentenced to five years in prison.
  • Alison Douglas, 49 years old, of Auden Way, Dover, admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin and obstructing a constable. She was given a two year prison sentence suspended for two years.

Appearing before the courts on Thursday 3 March, Nina Hughes, 43 years old, of Priory Hill, Dover, had previously admitted her part in being concerning in the supply of crack cocaine and heroin and possession of heroin. She was sentenced to two years imprisonment, suspended for two years.

Detective Inspector Lopa McDermott said: "These people were arrested and charged following a painstaking and complex police operation which involved officers working tirelessly to secure evidence to take out those dealing in Class a drugs on the streets of Dover and Deal.

"The nine sentenced this week reflects hours of policing work by dedicated professionals keen to rid the town of illegal drugs and the crime that stems from the use of them.

"The operation resulted in a number of dawn raids across Dover where these dealers were given a rude awakening by our officers and now they have time to reflect on their actions in prison.

"Our message is simple; if you deal in the death, pain and misery of class A drugs, expect to be arrested and put before the courts."
Abdus SalamImran HussainJasmin BegumKenneth George NightingaleMatthew DinesRashel AhmeedSetab Ali

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