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Drug traffickers can be monitored on prison release
HAMPSHIRE police have won their bid to stop a pair of jailed drug traffickers from getting involved in crime when they get out of prison.
Officers have been granted an order which bans the men from owning more than one mobile phone, landline phone or computer to stop them committing crime when they are released.
Gang leader Shae Flaherty, 27, is serving eight years and righthand man Kristopher Easton, 29, seven-and-ahalf years, after they admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine.
But a Serious Crime Prevention Order has been granted by Southampton Crown Court to curb their criminal activity. As well as forbidding more than one phone and computer, the order also bars them from having more than £250 in cash, changing their name by deed poll or moving address without telling police. It will stand for five years after their release Breaching any of the terms would be a criminal offence and lead to them being returned to prison if they are released early.
Flaherty and Easton were snared after a surveillance operation led by Hampshire Police after the Metropolitan Police, who were monitoring a gang of Albanian drug importers, noticed trips being made to Southampton.
When police pounced £50,000 of uncut cocaine was found.
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