Brighton and Hove drugs gang jailed

Seven members of a drugs gang have been sentenced at Hove Crown Court for conspiring to supply heroin and crack cocaine.

Six of them were jailed after a six-month investigation by officers from Operation Reduction, the Sussex Police operation to tackle drug misuse in Brighton and Hove.

Among them, three men from Brighton and Hove were jailed yesterday (Tuesday 1 October).

They were

  • Lee Thompson, 44, of Albourne Close, Whitehawk, who was jailed for two-and-a-half years
  • Alan Richardson, 19, of St Aubyns, Hove, who was jailed for two years and eight months
  • Bryan Langridge, 43, of North Place, Brighton, who was jailed for five years, including a sentence for theft

A suspended sentence was handed to Kieley Poole, 36, of Plymouth Avenue, Brighton, while three others were also jailed.

Sebastian Vassell, 22, of Roystone Road, London, was sent to prison for six years. He was found with 72 grams of heroin and crack cocaine, with a street value of £6,552, at his home in December last year.

Jordan Catt, 18, of Greenwich Road, Hailsham, was jailed for five years and nine months, including a sentence for robbery.

Dean Barrett, 22, of Hillside Road, Bexhill, was jailed for two years.

Detective Inspector Julie Wakeford said: “As you can see from the court result this was a worthwhile operation and has completely disrupted this group’s ability to supply drugs into the city.

“We worked alongside colleagues in the Metropolitan Police to bring this operation to a successful conclusion and will continue to work with police forces across the country where we identify a supply network into the city.”

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