North Derbyshire gang jailed for importing drugs

George Clarke
George Clarke

Four people from north Derbyshire have been sentenced for importing drugs into the UK

Matthew Henson, 31, of Levens Way, Newbold, and George Clarke, 30, of Station Road, Barrow Hill, were each given 33 months in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of conspiring to import class B drugs and two counts of conspiring to supply class B drugs.

Matthew Henson

Matthew Henson

Kevin Musson, 25, of North Street, Clay Cross, was jailed for 18 months after he admitted conspiring to import class B drugs, possessing a class B drug with intent to supply and producing cannabis.

Codie Jones, 23, of Soutfield Lane, Whitwell, was handed a 12 month sentence, suspended for a year, when she pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiring to import class B drugs.

The case against the gang began in March 2013 when a suspicious package from China was intercepted by Border Force officers. It was opened and was found to contain the drug M Cat.

The package was addressed to Henson and he was arrested. His phone was seized and messages on the phone led officers to Clarke, who was arrested together with his partner, Jones.

Kevin Musson

Kevin Musson

Other packages were intercepted from China and India which police linked to Clarke and Jones and further inquiries implicated Musson in the operation.

All four appeared at Derby Crown Court.