North Somerset drug dealers jailed for 37 years
PUBLISHED: 06:25 10 November 2016
Four cocaine dealers from North Somerset have been jailed for their role in a criminal gang, which 'preyed' on addicts who could not 'resist the lure of drugs'.
Carl Tailor and Daniel Cottrell from Nailsea, Backwell’s Vikesh Tailor and Aaron Colwill from Flax Bourton are among the 14 dealers who will spend a collective 110 years behind bars.
They were arrested as part of an 18-month police sting, after their ‘ambitious’ drug supplying plans made over cooked breakfasts at a takeaway were discovered.
The Zephyr police operation began back in 2014 when officers discovered Vikesh Tailor was using his Bedminster business, The Breakfast Box, to buy and sell large amounts of cocaine.
His cousin Carl, plus Colwill and Cottrell were seen working with him.
The investigatory work allowed police to co-ordinate a number of crackdowns last year, which lead to two kilos of ‘high-purity’ cocaine being seized in Nailsea and a further one kilo from Flax Bourton.
Police also managed to seize more than £75,000 in cash during raids across the West Country in connection with the 14-strong crime gang.
All four North Somerset dealers were charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
Carl Tailor, aged 38, was sentenced to 14 years in prison and his 33-year-old cousin Vikesh was handed a 10-year and eight-month jail term.
Colwill, aged 32, was given a eight-year prison sentence and 29-year-old Colwill was jailed for four years and nine months.
The other 10 drug dealers, the last of which was sentenced on Thursday,are from Bristol, Swindon, Northampton, London and Dunstable.
Senior investigating officer Jim Taylor of Zephyr said: “This was a complex but well executed operation over a period of more than 18 months.
“Once again we have struck at the very heart of a Bristol-based crime group operation, thwarting their efforts to flood the streets of Avon and Somerset with Class A drugs and preying on those who are addicted to and unable to resist the lure of drugs.
“We hope that the result will continue to provide the reassurance to our communities that we will continue to pursue those who intent on a life of crime and illegal activity involving drugs.”