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International drug dealers of a serious calibre successfully prosecuted by David Herbert QC and Jonathan Cox

28th March 2018

David Herbert QC and Jonathan Cox successfully prosecute 5 defendants involved in the largest ever drugs seizures that have taken place in the East Midlands. After a 9 week trial at the crown court in Leicester, the defendants were convicted of their involvement in conspiracies to import and / or supply class A drugs (heroin and cocaine). Jagdish Patel (25 years imprisonment) and Talib Hussain (24 years imprisonment), the two principal defendants, were described by David Herbert QC during the trial as international drugs traffickers of the most serious calibre. They presided over a well established organisation that was based in Leicester during 2016-2017. During that period they imported in excess of 80 kilograms of cocaine from Holland and approximately 20 kilograms of heroin from Pakistan into the UK. The drugs, which were worth more than £10 million pounds, were smuggled into the UK in various ways, including being hidden in secret compartments in chairs, children's clothes and specially designed hollow metal bolts. The other defendants received sentences of 18 years, 16 years and 12 1/2 years for their parts in the organised crime that took place. The defendants received sentences of imprisonment totalling 95 1/2 years. Police officers and the reviewing lawyer from the East Midlands Complex Casework Unit received commendations from HHJ Dean QC for their hard work and commitment to the complicated investigation that took place. 

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