Our client, charged with two separate large scale conspiracies to supply class A and B drugs, has now been acquitted of both allegations at Winchester Crown Court last Thursday. His acquittal came following a six week trial with his co-defendants being convicted.
The case was investigated by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit who conducted an investigation into an organised crime group and uncovered that it had been supplying high purity cocaine and cannabis across the South of England between November 2017 and April 2018. It was alleged that the defendants’ were using sophisticated methods to disguise their mobile phone numbers in a bid to avoid being linked to each other and to the offences. These include the use of “spoofing” numbers where the receiving phone will show a different number to the number actually calling that phone. This evidence combined with mobile phone co-location evidence, the use of interceptor phones and police observations formed the bedrock of the case against the defendants. During the investigation cocaine with a street value in excess of £800,000 was recovered as well as over £195,000 in cash.