4 August 2013, 06:13
Four men have been charged with drugs offences after police raids targeting the supply of cocaine in Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes.
More than 100 officers carried out 15 raids under the Misuse of Drugs Act on Friday 2 August 2013, as part of Operation Rupert. The warrants were executed in Milton Keynes, Northampton, Harlow in Essex and Edmonton in north London.
At one address in Northampton, 1kg of white powder and approximately £50,000 was recovered by officers.
Four men were charged on Saturday 3 August and were remanded in custody to appear at Milton Keynes Magistrates' Court on Monday 5 August.
Jason Bailey, 28, of Lindsay Avenue, Northampton, was charged with acquiring criminal property and conspiracy to supply a Class A drug.
Robert Burnett, 29, of Churchfield, Harlow, Essex, was charged with conspiracy to supply a Class A drug.
Michael Mullen, 33, of Seaton Grove, Broughton, Milton Keynes, was charged with three counts of conspiracy to supply a Class A drug and one count of failing to provide a sample for drug testing.
Wayne Shirley, 42, of Laburnam Avenue, London, was charged with two counts of conspiracy to supply a Class A drug.
Four other people arrested were released on police bail until early October.
Senior investigating officer Det Insp Bruce Riddell from the Thames Valley Police Serious and Organised Crime Unit said: “This is the result of a lot of hard work from a lot of officers and staff across a number of Forces.
"I hope these warrants will send out a message to organised crime groups that with the support of communities we will find out who you are and we will do everything in our power to stop you.”