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17 March 2015, 07:20
Two men have been sentenced for a total of 21 years following a covert operation to crack down on the large scale supply of heroin and crack cocaine across Huntingdonshire.
Officers working on the case, named Operation Hush which was launched in January last year, saw numerous drug dealers from across Cambridgeshire attend a property in Ferndown Drive, Godmanchester, where John Eric Martin and Warren Arnold lived.
They also witnessed a number of meetings take place between John Eric Martin and the dealers. Shortly after these meetings began, Charlene Taylor would be seen to leave her home and deliver a quantity of Class A drugs which were then passed on to the network of dealers from across the county by Martin and Arnold.
The culmination of the operation saw the arrest of all three key individuals on March 18, 2014, and the recovery of thousands of pounds worth of heroin, crack cocaine, cocaine hydrochloride, amphetamine, cannabis, MDMA, cutting agents, thousands of pounds in cash and one firearm.
Between them they were charged with 12 offences including conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin. Both Martin and Arnold denied all the charges. Taylor initially pleaded not guilty however later changed her plea at a hearing at Peterborough Crown Court in October last year.
Following a two week trial late last month at Peterborough Crown Court Martin and Arnold were found guilty and sentenced to a total of 21 years. Charlene Taylor, 32, will be sentenced at a later date.
John Eric Martin, 44, of Rodney Road in Huntingdon, was sentenced to eight years in prison for conspiring to supply class A drugs and a further two-and-a-half years, to run concurrently, for possession with intent to supply class A drugs.
Warren Arnold, 43, of Ferndown Drive in Godmanchester, was also sentenced to eight years in prison for conspiring to supply class A drugs and a further two-and-a-half years, to run concurrently, for possession with intent to supply class A drugs.
DC Derek Cornhill, investigating officer, said: "Both Martin and Arnold played key roles in the supply of class A drugs across the county. Those drugs ruined people's lives and tore families apart, so this is a great result to witness the sentences handed out today by the judge."