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Two men from Northampton have both been jailed for five-and-a-half years after conspiring to supply £1.27m of cocaine.

 

Bledar Duka, aged 23, was convicted of conspiracy to supply the class A drug sand possession of a prohibited weapon.

Eduart Duka, aged 31, was convicted of the same drugs charge and possession of a false ID with intent.

Both men, appearing at Northampton Crown Court, had previously admitted the charges.

The men, both Albanian nationals, were charged after police discovered cocaine worth more than £3,500 at a property in Northampton.

They also found Benzocaine – a cutting agent used to thin cocaine and increase its volume for further sale – valued at £1.27 million.

Neither confirmed a home address, but detectives believe they were living in Boothville Green, Northampton.

The conviction follows a similar case in September when Shpend Duka, also an Albanian national, was convicted of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and possession of criminal property, namely cash.

Detective Sergeant Emma Nealon, of the Organised Crime and Drugs Team, said: “This is another good result and we are pleased with the sentence given.

“This was a significant seizure of drugs that has been prevented from reaching the streets of Northamptonshire.

“Drug-related crime has a much wider impact on the community with offenders committing other crime to fund a drug habit.

“There is also the additional cost of dealing with the consequences of drug addiction.

“This sentence sends out a clear message that drug suppliers will be dealt with robustly and that the courts will send people to prison for significant periods of time.”

“Northamptonshire Police is committed to tackling this type of crime and I would encourage anyone with information about the supply of drugs to contact police on 101 or report it anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”

See on www.northamptonchron.co.uk

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