Hailsham man jailed for drugs conspiracy

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A Hailsham man has been jailed for his part in a conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine.

Seven members of an organised crime group were sentenced at Hove Crown Court on Tuesday (October 1) after being convicted of conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine, police said.

It follows a six month investigation by officers from Operation Reduction, which tackles drug misuse in Brighton and Hove.

Police said Jordan Catt, 18, of Greenwich Road, Hailsham, was jailed for five years and nine months, which included sentencing for a robbery offence. Sebastian Vassell, 22, of Roystone Road, London, was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment. He was found with 72 grams of heroin and crack cocaine, with a street value of £6,552, at his home on 3 December, 2012. Dean Barrett, 22, of Hillside Road, Bexhill, received two years’ imprisonment. Lee Thompson, 44, of Albourne Close, Brighton, was jailed for two-and-a-half years. Alan Richardson, 19, of St Aubyns, Hove, was jailed for two years and 8 months. Bryan Langridge, 43, of North Place, Brighton, was jailed for five years, which included sentencing for theft and Kieley Poole, 36, of Plymouth Avenue, Brighton, received a nine month suspended imprisonment.

Detective Inspector Julie Wakeford said: “As you can see from the court result this was a worthwhile operation and has completely disrupted this group’s ability to supply drugs into the city.”