Drug dealers from Watford and Chalfont St Giles were among seven men to be jailed this week by the Metropolitan Police.
Detectives have concluded a three-year long operation targeting the supply of Class A drugs across London – leading to the arrest and charge of 100 individuals and more than 700 years in custodial sentences.
Between January 13 and January 15, seven men were sentenced at Kingston Crown Court, marking the end of the final investigation.
They included Dean Beeton, 37 of Andrew Reed Court, Watford was jailed for 27 years while Jason Holland, 48 of Chalfont St Giles was jailed for 12 years.
They were among seven defendants who were convicted of being involved in one conspiracy under this operation which ran between December 2016 and January 2018.
During this time the group transported cocaine from the West Midlands to a network of safe houses around London. From these locations they used runners to supply cocaine across London and beyond.
Digital devices and documentation gathered throughout provided evidence that this particular network supplied more than a tonne of cocaine across the south of England.
Officers used a range of overt and covert tactics to identify and arrest this group who regularly used highly encrypted mobile phones and pay as you go devices in order to avoid law enforcement detection. They also used a series of illicit means to launder the proceeds of their criminality.
On the occasions where drugs were seized, the amounts were significant.
Between December 7 2016 and January 4 2018, 121kgs of cocaine was seized. The remainder was seized along with £50,000 cash and a stolen painting worth more than £1 million.
Police estimate the turnover of the conspiracy within the space of seven to ten days was approximately £2.7 million.
Enquiries led detectives to discover Beeton organised the buying and selling of commercial amounts of high-purity cocaine.
Beeton ran the operation while Holland and Oldfield helped with the management of the supply.
Holland was also heavily involved in the purchase and sale of drugs and became the group’s trusted courier to the West Midlands.
Sentencing the men, Judge Judith Coello said: “You cause the most damage as you are at the top of the tree, the supply fuels violence and acquisitive crime and does untold damage to communities.”