Boston men sentenced in massive drugs operation

SIX Boston men are being sentenced this week for their part in a massive drugs plot to supply class A drugs in and around Lincolnshire.

Philip Bell, 41, Leigh Dawson, 27, Jamie Michael Milne, 33, Trevor Marson, 33, Timothy Louth, 30, and Nicholas Ingamells, 40, are appearing before a judge at Lincoln Crown Court this week, after they and eight other men were stung in intelligence-led police operations which tracked activity for a number of years.

Some of the men received prison sentences for today (Thursday), with the remaining number due to be sentenced at the court tomorrow, All have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Of those who were sentenced earlier today, Jamie Milne, a tyre fitter of St Nicholas Road, Boston, admitted two charges of conspiracy to supply and was sentenced to 34 months behind bars, Timothy Louth, a farm worker of Bleak House Farm, Wyberton, received a nine-year prison sentence.

Philip Bell, of Green View, Kirton, had his hearing adjourned to coincide with another trial he is involved with.

The group’s activity was discovered through Operation Atlanta, which commenced in late 2009, and Operation Ridion, run by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit.

Speaking after some of the men had been sentenced, Lincolnshire ACC Rodger Bannister says: “As part of Lincolnshire Police’s commitment to tackling and dismantling organised crime groups, an intelligence led drugs operation was commenced against a group of people living in North Lincolnshire in late 2009.

“As a result of significant, detailed and meticulous work conducted initially by officers from Lincolnshire Police and then laterally in collaboration with officers from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, a number of criminals operating across the Midlands were identified.

“Lincolnshire Police in conjunction with its regional partners will continue to tackle organised crime groups that have a significant and destructive impact on the communities in which they live.

“This investigation has shown the value of working in collaboration with regional colleagues when it comes to tackling a range of policing matters and in particular Serious and Organised Crime.”

See next week’s Standard for the full story.