Norwich drugs gang locked up for more than 16 years

Brandon Rodney-Lawrence. Picture: NORFOLK CONSTABULARY

Brandon Rodney-Lawrence. Picture: NORFOLK CONSTABULARY - Credit: Archant

A Norwich drugs gang has been locked up for more than 16 years after a lengthy police operation in the heart of Norwich.

Steven Welton. Picture: NORFOLK CONSTABULARY

Steven Welton. Picture: NORFOLK CONSTABULARY - Credit: Archant

Norfolk police launched Op Usual following a report from a concerned local resident relating to potential drug dealing activity in the Riverside area in April 2014.

Intelligence operations revealed drug dealing at four address in Norwich and eight defendants were ultimately charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Six of them appeared at Norwich Crown Court today, after previously pleading guilty.

They were: Brandon Rodney-Lawrence, aged 20, formerly of Albany Gardens, Colchester, who pleaded guilty in May 2015 to conspiracy to supply a class A drug (heroin and crack cocaine) - sentenced to four years in prison.

Titos Cassimo. Picture: NORFOLK CONSTABULARY

Titos Cassimo. Picture: NORFOLK CONSTABULARY - Credit: Archant

Titos Cassimo, aged 19, formerly of Southalls Way, Norwich, pleaded guilty in May 2015 to conspiracy to supply a class A drug (heroin and crack cocaine) - sentenced to four years in prison.

Steven Welton, aged 40, of Norwich Road, Cawston, pleaded guilty in May 2015 to conspiracy to supply a class A drug (heroin and crack cocaine) - sentenced to five years in prison.

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Noel McKevitt, aged 39, of Yarmouth Road, Norwich, pleaded guilty in August 2015 to two counts of permitting the production of a controlled drug on premises (heroin and cocaine) - sentenced to nine months in prison.

Paul Spelman, aged 34, of Hill House Road, Norwich pleaded guilty in March 2015 to conspiracy to supply a class A drug (heroin and crack cocaine) - given a sentence of 21 months in prison suspended for 21 months, a 21 month supervision order, 200 hours unpaid work and a 12 month prohibition order preventing him from entering any on-licence premises.

Joao Gaspar, 17, of St Peters Road, Great Yarmouth, who pleaded guilty in May 2015 to conspiracy to supply a class A drug (heroin and crack cocaine) - given a two year detention and training order.

The two further members of the gang were: Paul Andrews, aged 56, of Geoffrey Watling Way, Norwich, who pleaded guilty in March 2015 to conspiracy to supply a class A drug (heroin and crack cocaine), failed to appear in court for sentencing.

Wandile Mirazi, aged 20, formerly of Albany Gardens, Colchester, who pleaded guilty in May 2015 to conspiracy to supply a class A drug (heroin and crack cocaine), will be sentenced on Monday, November 23.

Detective Constable Matt Forrester, who oversaw the police investigation, said: 'Norwich is a great city with neighbourhoods where people look out for each other and where such anti-social activity is not tolerated.

'I hope this result reassures our communities that we act on intelligence and information provided to us and that we continue to investigate and seek prosecution against those who break the law.

'This was a lengthy investigation which led to almost £13,000 of class A drugs being recovered and over £1,000 in cash.

'I'm confident we have disrupted a sophisticated and extensive drug supply chain.'