Cocaine gang jailed for total of 25 years for supplying class A drugs on Isle of Wight

Daily Echo: Cocaine gang jailed for total of 25 years Cocaine gang jailed for total of 25 years

A GANG have been jailed for a total of 25 years after dealing class A drugs on the Isle of Wight.

Zac Williams, 26, Jason Flynn, 26, Jason Williams, 24, Tristan Nicholls, 28, Jason Long, 33, and Kerry Barton, 29, were sentenced to a total of 25 years and four months for supplying around 3,337g of cocaine to an undercover police officer for almost a year.

Zac Williams was sentenced to six years for supplying 1,226g of the drug in total.

Jason Flynn received a sentence of 40 months and Jason Williams was handed a 28-month sentence.

Tristan Nicholls was sentenced to 22 months, while Jason Long was sentenced to 64 months in prison.

Kerry Barton was also handed a 64-month prison sentence.

All six were jailed at a hearing at Portsmouth Crown Court yesterday.

The gang were based in Ryde and were willing to sell whatever they had to anyone who would pay for it - including competitors, said James Kellam, crown advocate for the complex casework unit of the Crown Prosecution Service.

He added: “They were able to get their hands on large volumes of cocaine, sometimes from multiple sources, in a fairly short time.

“Their criminal trade was unveiled when they started to sell drugs to a man called Lee, who was in fact an undercover police officer.

“In total they supplied to him about 3,337g of cocaine for almost a year.

“Thanks to the evidence gathered by Hampshire Constabulary we were able to build a strong case to put before the court, which left the defendants with no choice but to plead guilty at an early stage of the proceedings.

“This prosecution now puts an end to their lucrative business and we will apply to the court to confiscate their ill-gotten assets.”

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