TWO men on 30th November – have been jailed for a total of 11 years after being convicted of conspiracy to supply cocaine
Marcus Delamare, 45, (pictured left) and Robert Price, 48, were arrested following a police investigation that began in the summer of 2014.
Delamare, who was jailed for nine years, was found to be arranging for class A drugs to be shipped into Cambridgeshire while others were acting as couriers.
One of these was Price who police observed taking part in drugs exchanges.
Peterborough Crown Court heard officers stopped and searched a Citroen car in a planned operation at the Shell filling station at the A14 Cambridge Services on November 5, 2014.
Officers recovered 249g of cocaine (68% purity) with an estimated value of up to £20,000 from the pocket of a jacket on a rear seat.
Price, of Coneygear Court, Huntingdon, was in the car and tried to claim the substance was steroids.
However, he was arrested and eventually pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply a class A drug in December last year. Price was given credit for his guilty plea and jailed for two years.
Delamare, of Burton Way, Spaldwick, denied the same charge but was found guilty by a majority verdict of 10 to 2 at Peterborough Crown Court on August 8.
Detective Inspector Billy Bremner said: “This was part of an organised crime group sourcing class A drugs from outside the county and distributing them within Cambridge city.
“The case presented a number of challenges, however, it was clear that Delamare was responsible for organising the movement of drugs and sought to keep couriers, including Price, at a distance.
“Delamare had been committing this type of crime over a number of years and had evaded capture. The result demonstrates that through tenacity and solid investigative work individuals will be brought to justice and punished.”
TWO men have been jailed for a combined 40 years after being found guilty of a calculated aggravated burglary in Coton
John McCarthy, 35, of Greystoke Court and Richard Leslie, 37, of Hatherdene Close, Cambridge were handed a 20 year sentence each at The Old Bailey (December 2nd)
The pair, armed with a sledgehammer and a crow bar and wearing white ‘boiler’ suits and balaclavas, smashed their way into a property in Madingley Road, Coton at about 10pm on November 29, 2014.
They proceeded to subject the two elderly residents to a sustained ordeal, during which they were bound with gaffer tape and assaulted: the female victim had her toe and teeth broken by one of the offenders during the attack.
The victims were then locked in a room, from which they eventually managed to escape some hours later.
McCarthy and Leslie were both found guilty of aggravated burglary following a trial in July.
Detective Inspector Alan Page, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, who lead the investigation, said: “I welcome the sentences passed today. This was a truly despicable crime committed against two elderly vulnerable victims. Those who commit this type of crime need to realise that we will leave no stone unturned in the fight to bring to justice those responsible. There was some excellent initial investigation work carried out by South Cambs and Cambridge city officers both uniform and detectives that greatly assisted the MCU in gathering the evidence to get these two convicted. The detectives and support staff of the MCU worked tirelessly on this case and I want to thank them for their efforts.”
Burglar gets 18 months in prison
A burglar who attempted to steal from a village home has been jailed for 18 months – after leaving behind a phone case containing his DNA.
Andrew Dunkley 28 of Horse Shoe Lane, Weston Colville, pleaded guilty to attempted burglary before his trial was due to begin at Cambridge Crown Court on Friday 25th November.
The court was told that on August 14, Dunkley broken into a garage at the The Rookery, Balsham and attempted to gain entry into the adjoining house before he was disturbed by a neighbour.
He made off in a vehicle empty handed – but left behind a mobile phone cover which officers were able to use to forensically link him to the offence. DS Andrew Gaunt-Warner said “the sentence should serve as a warning to others and highlight how seriously burglary is taken in Cambridgeshire. Burglary remains a priority for Cambridgeshire Constabulary and we aim to put offenders before the courts while urging residents to take home security seriously”.
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