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Watford man in 'highly organised' cocaine plot, Daniel Lloyd, is jailed
A Watford man has been jailed for his involvement in a £2.25 million cocaine dealing plot.
Daniel Lloyd, 27, of Church Road, was convicted of conspiracy to supply cocaine at Isleworth Crown Court and sentenced to three years in prison.
He is one of a 17-strong gang - made up of 15 men and two women - who were arrested by detectives from the Metropolitan Police’s Central Task Force after millions of pounds of the drug was intercepted at addresses across London.
The court heard how detectives uncovered the large-scale criminal network after seizing a handgun from an address of one of the defendants in Hayes, Middlesex, in April 2012.
Another of the defendants had been using his haulage business based at Aztec Logistics in Letchworth to ship huge amounts of cocaine into the UK from the continent.
In total, officers recovered 45kg of cocaine and £150,000 in cash.
Each arrest connected to the police operation, which ran from January 2012 to December 2012, led officers to an additional member of the gang and covert officers witnessed a number of large-scale drug deals taking place.
During one transaction a gang member was seen handing over a holdall containing £93,940 to an associate in exchange for cocaine.
The 17 had previously appeared between May and July where they were convicted of conspiracy to supply cocaine and money laundering offences. The last defendant appeared at Isleworth on Monday, August 19 for sentencing.
Detective Inspector Chris Heerey, of the Central Task Force, East, said: "This was a highly organised gang working to import large amounts of relatively pure cocaine before moving it to various storage locations.
"Once prepared and cut for street usage it would be handed over to the smaller scale drug dealers to sell on. Once the main gang members were intercepted my team was able to locate the rest of the group as they tried to move the drugs to alternative locations.
"They literally fell like dominoes from the main cocaine importers at the top end right down to the street drug dealers."
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