Prison for Barnstaple drug dealers
Trio get 22-years following 30-month-long police investigation.
TWO men and a woman have today (Thursday) received a total of 22 years imprisonment for supplying drugs to the North Devon area.
Police have welcomed the verdict and sentencing of Kevin Bromley, Yvonne Diggins and Jason Harding following a 30-month-long investigation, entitled Operation Ganguly.
The operation was set up to investigate the drug dealing activities of Bromley and his associates who it was believed were bringing heroin into North Devon from the south-east of the country.
They were charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs as well as money laundering offences and were found guilty on all counts.
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DC Simon Scotthorne, the officer in charge of the case, said: “Exeter Crown Court heard evidence of Bromley’s large operation and his street dealers targeting heroin users in the Barnstaple area.
“Jason Harding and Yvonne Diggins also stood trial for their part in Bromley’s operation.
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“The jury throughout the two-week trial did not hear any account from Bromley who after arrest refused to answer police questions and refused to give evidence at the trial. He maintained throughout the trial and through his barrister that he was a user of heroin and not involved in the supply chain.
“The convictions of these three will no doubt cause major disruption to the supply of class A drugs in North Devon.
“This sends out a clear message to anyone supplying drugs that they will be targeted, caught and dealt with severely by the courts.”
Bromley, aged 28 from Hawkes Hill, Slough received 11 years; Harding, aged 36 from Philip Avenue, Sticklepath, Barnstaple received six years and Diggins, aged 31 from Hawkshill Road, Slough received five years imprisonment.