Harlow man jailed for seven years for part in drugs gang that moved multiple kilos of cocaine and millions of pounds
Crime / Fri 6th May 2022 am31 09:24am
SIX members of an organised crime group responsible for moving multiple kilos of cocaine and millions of pounds of cash through west Essex and London have been jailed following work by specialist detectives.
The investigation into the group began in May last year following information gleaned through Op Venetic – a major operation involving the cracking of a bespoke encrypted global communication service, exclusively used by criminals.
EncroChat offered a secure mobile phone instant messaging service with 60,000 users worldwide and around 10,000 in the UK.
The primary use was for co-ordinating and planning criminal activities including the distribution of illicit commodities and money laundering.
Since 2016, international law enforcement agencies worked together to target EncroChat, and other encrypted criminal communications platforms, and last year agencies in France and the Netherlands infiltrated the platform.
The intelligence gleaned through this was then shared via Europol to national law enforcement agencies.
Officers were able to identify a group were involved in the wholesale supply of cocaine, heroin, and cannabis through west Essex and London.
They also made and laundered millions of pounds in cash.
Through the inception of their Encrochat messages, officers were able to identify group members discussing drugs as a commodity, often sharing images of their product.
Officers were able to link different members of the group with each other through identifying their individual handles or codenames used on the messaging service and establishing their real-life identity.
The group members sentenced are:
• Joe Stokes – A significant member of the group, responsible for the multi-kilo purchase and distribution of Class A and B drugs.
• William Jayes – responsible for cutting and diluting the drugs prior to their distribution;
• Jane Daly, Alfie Mainstone, Dylan Williams, and Patrick Cobb – Couriers for the group.
Stokes, 29, of Joseph Trotter Close, Clerkenwell was charged with two counts of conspiring to supply Class A drugs, one count of conspiring to supply Class B drugs, and one count of conspiring to conceal, disguise, convert, transfer, or remove criminal property.
Jayes, 25, of Percy Circus, Pentonville, was charged with conspiring to supply Class A drugs, conspiring to supply Class B drugs, and conspiring to conceal, disguise, convert, transfer, or remove criminal property.
Daly, 57, of Dingley Road, London EC1V, was charged with conspiring to supply Class A drugs and conspiring to conceal, disguise, convert, transfer, or remove criminal property.
Mainstone, 23, of Prentice Place, Harlow was charged with two counts of conspiring to supply Class A drugs, one count of conspiring to supply Class B drugs, and one count of conspiring to conceal, disguise, convert, transfer, or remove criminal property.
Williams, 29, of Fieldway Crescent, London N5, was charged with conspiring to conceal, disguise, convert, transfer, or remove criminal property.
And Cobb, 53, of Forest Road, Wanstead was charged with conspiring to conceal, disguise, convert, transfer, or remove criminal property.
They all pleaded guilty to all the charges against them and at Chelmsford Crown Court today (Friday 17 December) were sentenced as follows:
Joe Stokes – A total of ten years in prison
William Jayes – a total of 11 years in prison
Jane Daly – a total of six years and 221 days in prison
Alfie Mainstone – a total of seven years in prison
Dylan Williams – a total of 18 months in prison, suspended for two years
Patrick Cobb – to be sentenced at a later date
Acting Detective Inspector David Crane, from our Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said: “Drugs are a plague poisoning our communities, ruining lives and destroying families.
“This was a sophisticated group which had a slick network of dealers, drug cutters, and couriers.
“They have been responsible for polluting our towns with cocaine and heroin.
“Drug money is blood money – where drugs are sold, violence and exploitation of vulnerable people often follows.
“These six people will now spend a significant amount of time behind bars and Essex is a safer place for it.
“We will continue our work to take down networks such as these and ensure those intent on causing harm in our communities are put behind bars.”
NO COMMENTS? REALLY!!? for Harlow man Jailed for DRUGS. No of course not!! because it may well open up a whole tin of worms of them in Harlow. It's a shame police are not listening to reports given of people who have been doing it for years & making money that live amongst us. They give them selves away by having the people come pick up their little lumps of what ever, one by one along they come park their cars walk up the road hands in pockets thinking they look normal & full of confidence, knock on the doors in they go as if they are one of the family or friend, back out within a minute off they go. Do they really think we are all stupid NOT!! This pattern goes on as a regular thing more so from probably Thursdays & over weekend until all customers have got their little lumps of shit. Most of them are regulars but always new customers too. This has been going on for years on this particular estate & the people who are dealing it think they are above everybody else when in fact they are a piece of shit themselves. Whilst these sort of people are still able to do this on any estate then there is no where SAFE to live whilst they are amongst us. They are the ones that inisuate the situation of people under the influence of drugs fighting stabbings etc. So until the police get the dealers & suppliers then the whole thing will always be happening.