Heroin gang sentenced

A Gloucestershire drug dealer has been been jailed for his part in a £200,000 Heroin ring.

50 year old Iqbal Moolla, of Robertson Road, Shurdington, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs and had been jailed for 8 years.

The others involved were Mark Woodward (40) of Ansty Road, Swindon, Anthony Belcher (43), of Pennyvoss Road, Swindon and Sharon Lyons (41), of Shenton Close, Swindon, Woodward and Belcher were given 7 years each and Lyons 3 and a half years.

The trial related to a Gloucestershire Police investigation that began in October 2008, when officers intercepted heroin with a street value of £200,000 in Manchester as it was transported from Gloucester to Bradford.

All four offenders were arrested in June 2009 in a series of coordinated raids and charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

DI Neil Carpenter from Gloucestershire Police said:

"We are satisfied with the sentencing in this case, which demonstrates our ability to successfully deal with serious criminality."

“Drugs can blight our communities and thorough and dedicated investigations like this should give people confidence that we will take action wherever possible to bring dealers to justice and take drugs off our streets.

“If anyone has information on drug-related crime, we would urge them to call us on 0845 090 1234, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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