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Family Part Of Gang Jailed For Drugs Offences In Telford

Nine people have been sentenced to more than 30 years in prison for drugs offences in Telford.

The Bagry family grew cannabis at three houses in the Aqueduct, Bratton and Lightmoor areas of the town. 

Following a covert investigation beginning in 2013, raids were carried out at the three properties and more than 1100 cannabis plants were recovered - with drugs reaching as far as London.

Police believe the gang produced almost £3million worth of the class B drug.

The following people were found guilty following a trial:

Harinder Singh Bagry, 26, of Newcomen Way, Telford, was sentenced to 10 years for three counts of conspiring to produce cannabis and one count of conspiracy to supply cannabis (Class B).

Jastinder Singh Bagry, 21, of Newcomen Way, Telford, was sentenced to five years for two counts of conspiring to produce cannabis and one count of conspiracy to supply cannabis (Class B).

Manjit Bagry, 47, of Newcomen Way, Telford was sentenced to five years for two counts of conspiring to produce cannabis (Class B).

Phuc Min Tran, aged 58, of Desmond Street, London was sentenced to two years and six months for one count of conspiring to produce cannabis (Class B).

Yasar Mehmood, 31, of Windsor Road Telford was sentenced to four years for one count of conspiracy to supply cannabis (Class B).

The following people pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing;

Chuyen Dinh Ta, 55, was sentenced to 3 years and two months for one count of conspiracy to produce cannabis (Class B).

Simon Rathbone, 38, of Lightmoor Road was given a 41 week suspended sentence for one count of conspiracy to produce cannabis (Class B).

Gary Standley, 30, of Wrekin View, Telford, was sentenced to 18 months for one count of conspiracy to produce cannabis and one count of conspiracy to supply cannabis (Class B).

Michelle Dumbrell, 28, of Wrekin View, Telford, was given a condition discharge for one count of conspiracy to supply a controlled drug (Class B).

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Gavin Kinrade said: "These convictions come at the end of a complicated and lengthy investigation and demonstrate how we will pursue and prosecute those seeking to profit from their organised crime.

"This type of criminality causes long term harm to communities, drug users and the resulting crime committed to fund drug habits. I hope the sentences handed down today will serve as a deterrent to others involved in such criminality."

Police operations against people supplying illegal drugs into local communities often rely on information supplied by the public. Anyone who suspects illegal drug activity in their neighbourhood can call police on the 101 number, or contact the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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