Gloucester drug dealers jailed for six years
An investigation by officers from Gloucestershire Constabulary's Force Crime Team and the Serious and Organised Crime Unit has resulted in two Gloucester men being sentenced to a combined total of six years in prison.
The operation, codenamed Ruhr, was launched by the team in June this year to target those responsible for bringing cocaine into the county.
Detective Inspector Neil Carpenter, who led the operation, said: “We are dedicated to proactively stopping those criminals responsible for bringing drugs into our county and with this operation we arrested not only the courier but also the man who organised the deal and supply.”
Unbeknownst to them, Ivan Oprev, 40, and of Howard Street in Gloucester and Rama Darden, 25, of Stratford Close in Gloucester were being followed by Gloucestershire police as they travelled to London to carry out a drug deal.
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The deal was made and the pair travelled back separately, still tracked by the officers.
Oprev was arrested in Metz Way in Gloucester when officers stopped the car he was travelling in on the C&G roundabout in Gloucester.
In total, 123 grams of cocaine, of 85 per cent purity and with a potential street value of £40,000 was seized from the car.
Darden was detained on the A40 in Oxford.
This morning the pair pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine at Gloucester Crown Court. They were sentenced this afternoon.
Oprev was sentenced to two and a half years imprisonment.
Darden was sentenced to three and a half years imprisonment.
“We’re pleased with today’s court result and that one again we have been able to prevent these dangerous substances from getting onto the streets of Gloucestershire, and stopping people making profit from them,” added DI Carpenter.
“These are two more names we are adding to the list of notable drug dealers that officers from the Constabulary’s Force Crime Team and the Serious and Organised Crime Unit have worked to see put before the courts.
"It should send a strong message to anyone involved in the supply of illegal drugs, be it organising the deal or transporting the substances, that we will use everything within our power to find you and bring you to justice.”