Members of a Southampton drugs gang have been jailed following a major police operation

Omar Prince Thomas was jailed for eight years

Brian Hill was jailed for two-and-a-half years

Christopher Vine was jailed for two years

First published in Crime Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Health Reporter

DRUGS gang members have been jailed after a major police crackdown in Southampton.

Omar Prince Thomas, Brian Hill and Christopher Vine admitted being involved in the cocaine trade in the city and were given prison sentences of more than 12 years combined.

They were caught as part of Hampshire Police’s Operation Vulture drugs crackdown when search warrants were carried out in early 2013 at Vanguard Road, Midanbury, Calmore Drive,Totton, Wittering Road, Lordshill, and Inkerman Road, Woolston.

Cocaine and mixing agents were seized and a number of arrests made.

The trio were sentenced at Southampton Crown Court and received the following:

  •  Prince Thomas, 26, of Mortimer Road, was jailed for eight years for two counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
  •  Hill, 45, of no fixed address, was jailed for two-and-a-half-years for conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
  • Vine, 28, of Calmore Drive, was jailed for two years for conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Also sentenced as part of the sting was Samantha Goudling, 40, of Wittering Road, who was given an 18-month suspended sentence and Cara Bannister, 25, of Vanguard Road who received a 12-month suspended sentence, both on drugs related charges.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Jason Attwell, said: “These convictions represent the dismantling of a well orchestrated, structured and organised crime group supplying Class A drugs, specifically cocaine throughout the city of Southampton and surrounding areas"

“Omar Prince Thomas was the head of this group and proved himself to be a very determined and organised drug dealer. He identified and utilised a network of vulnerable people in his ongoing illegal business enterprise. It was only through the tenacity and hard work of Southampton's dedicated drug-related violent crime team, Operation Fortress, that the group was brought to justice.

"In particular I would like to highlight the excellent work of the case officers, DS Edis and DC Blanche for the dedicated and professional investigation they conducted ensuring these convictions where achieved."

Operation Fortress is a campaign involving police and other agencies to crackdown on drug-related violence in Southampton and restrict the supply of the illegal trade.

Anyone with information on drugs should contact police on 101, email operation.fortress@hampshire.pnn.police.uk or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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1:03pm Tue 2 Sep 14

lillylooper says...

scumbags should have thrown away the key.
scumbags should have thrown away the key. lillylooper
  • Score: 0

4:13pm Tue 2 Sep 14

terryw45 says...

8 years, out in four, the police must despair with our judicial system !
8 years, out in four, the police must despair with our judicial system ! terryw45
  • Score: 4

4:25pm Tue 2 Sep 14

F*#KFeds says...

Lillylooper ur an absolute idiot do you even know the people you are calling scumbags?? Nooooo! And the system is an absolute joke too as murderers and rapist walk with three years when they have done something against someones will and a 'drug dealer' maximum for giving someone what they want. Ridiculous!
Lillylooper ur an absolute idiot do you even know the people you are calling scumbags?? Nooooo! And the system is an absolute joke too as murderers and rapist walk with three years when they have done something against someones will and a 'drug dealer' maximum for giving someone what they want. Ridiculous! F*#KFeds
  • Score: -18

4:49pm Tue 2 Sep 14

KSO16R says...

F*#KFeds wrote:
Lillylooper ur an absolute idiot do you even know the people you are calling scumbags?? Nooooo! And the system is an absolute joke too as murderers and rapist walk with three years when they have done something against someones will and a 'drug dealer' maximum for giving someone what they want. Ridiculous!
A very feeble attempt to justify criminal activity
[quote][p][bold]F*#KFeds[/bold] wrote: Lillylooper ur an absolute idiot do you even know the people you are calling scumbags?? Nooooo! And the system is an absolute joke too as murderers and rapist walk with three years when they have done something against someones will and a 'drug dealer' maximum for giving someone what they want. Ridiculous![/p][/quote]A very feeble attempt to justify criminal activity KSO16R
  • Score: 15

4:50pm Tue 2 Sep 14

proper dealer says...

dont they use cocaine in hospitals though? seriously have the police nothing better to do than that?? if they gave out more jobs in the city and offered more people jobs they wouldnt have to scrimp and mooch around looking to make money in other ways. should be legalised along with cannabis anyway. its a remedy
dont they use cocaine in hospitals though? seriously have the police nothing better to do than that?? if they gave out more jobs in the city and offered more people jobs they wouldnt have to scrimp and mooch around looking to make money in other ways. should be legalised along with cannabis anyway. its a remedy proper dealer
  • Score: -30

5:01pm Tue 2 Sep 14

proper dealer says...

alcohol is more harmful than most illegal drugs , they havent banned that have they. smoking is very harmful too yet they havent stopped that either.
when is society gonna learn that small time drug dealers in soton are being picked on all too much more than other citys. they even stopped paying out for the identity parade which they used to pay people to take part in for. You wont stop drug usage in britain the same as any other country all the time its being IMPORTED in from overseas . If they were that bothered they would also stop selling the seeds that are being sold in the shops !

cocaine is a love drug , heroin is far more worse an addiction and smoking is very addictive . even the top athletes have to take drugs to enhance their bodies into shape. seriously old bill wake up and see the advantages ! the only radical reform i see is more jail spaces being used for no reason and to no real benefit to society which is a govern on taxpayers money which is already sky high. putting all the druggies in jail whilst murderers walk free in this country ill never know.
alcohol is more harmful than most illegal drugs , they havent banned that have they. smoking is very harmful too yet they havent stopped that either. when is society gonna learn that small time drug dealers in soton are being picked on all too much more than other citys. they even stopped paying out for the identity parade which they used to pay people to take part in for. You wont stop drug usage in britain the same as any other country all the time its being IMPORTED in from overseas . If they were that bothered they would also stop selling the seeds that are being sold in the shops ! cocaine is a love drug , heroin is far more worse an addiction and smoking is very addictive . even the top athletes have to take drugs to enhance their bodies into shape. seriously old bill wake up and see the advantages ! the only radical reform i see is more jail spaces being used for no reason and to no real benefit to society which is a govern on taxpayers money which is already sky high. putting all the druggies in jail whilst murderers walk free in this country ill never know. proper dealer
  • Score: -10

5:22pm Tue 2 Sep 14

KSO16R says...

proper dealer wrote:
dont they use cocaine in hospitals though? seriously have the police nothing better to do than that?? if they gave out more jobs in the city and offered more people jobs they wouldnt have to scrimp and mooch around looking to make money in other ways. should be legalised along with cannabis anyway. its a remedy
Yawn eyes raised to the sky. It's against the law! Drugs ruin people's lives. Change the record!
[quote][p][bold]proper dealer[/bold] wrote: dont they use cocaine in hospitals though? seriously have the police nothing better to do than that?? if they gave out more jobs in the city and offered more people jobs they wouldnt have to scrimp and mooch around looking to make money in other ways. should be legalised along with cannabis anyway. its a remedy[/p][/quote]Yawn eyes raised to the sky. It's against the law! Drugs ruin people's lives. Change the record! KSO16R
  • Score: 17

6:10pm Tue 2 Sep 14

paraboy says...

proper dealer wrote:
alcohol is more harmful than most illegal drugs , they havent banned that have they. smoking is very harmful too yet they havent stopped that either.
when is society gonna learn that small time drug dealers in soton are being picked on all too much more than other citys. they even stopped paying out for the identity parade which they used to pay people to take part in for. You wont stop drug usage in britain the same as any other country all the time its being IMPORTED in from overseas . If they were that bothered they would also stop selling the seeds that are being sold in the shops !

cocaine is a love drug , heroin is far more worse an addiction and smoking is very addictive . even the top athletes have to take drugs to enhance their bodies into shape. seriously old bill wake up and see the advantages ! the only radical reform i see is more jail spaces being used for no reason and to no real benefit to society which is a govern on taxpayers money which is already sky high. putting all the druggies in jail whilst murderers walk free in this country ill never know.
nuts i can this person a drug taker
[quote][p][bold]proper dealer[/bold] wrote: alcohol is more harmful than most illegal drugs , they havent banned that have they. smoking is very harmful too yet they havent stopped that either. when is society gonna learn that small time drug dealers in soton are being picked on all too much more than other citys. they even stopped paying out for the identity parade which they used to pay people to take part in for. You wont stop drug usage in britain the same as any other country all the time its being IMPORTED in from overseas . If they were that bothered they would also stop selling the seeds that are being sold in the shops ! cocaine is a love drug , heroin is far more worse an addiction and smoking is very addictive . even the top athletes have to take drugs to enhance their bodies into shape. seriously old bill wake up and see the advantages ! the only radical reform i see is more jail spaces being used for no reason and to no real benefit to society which is a govern on taxpayers money which is already sky high. putting all the druggies in jail whilst murderers walk free in this country ill never know.[/p][/quote]nuts i can this person a drug taker paraboy
  • Score: 9

6:22pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Outside of the Box says...

terryw45 wrote:
8 years, out in four, the police must despair with our judicial system !
8 years out in 6 years he will serve 2 thirds of the sentence because of the length of sentence. Still not enough
[quote][p][bold]terryw45[/bold] wrote: 8 years, out in four, the police must despair with our judicial system ![/p][/quote]8 years out in 6 years he will serve 2 thirds of the sentence because of the length of sentence. Still not enough Outside of the Box
  • Score: 7

6:22pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Outside of the Box says...

terryw45 wrote:
8 years, out in four, the police must despair with our judicial system !
8 years out in 6 years he will serve 2 thirds of the sentence because of the length of sentence. Still not enough
[quote][p][bold]terryw45[/bold] wrote: 8 years, out in four, the police must despair with our judicial system ![/p][/quote]8 years out in 6 years he will serve 2 thirds of the sentence because of the length of sentence. Still not enough Outside of the Box
  • Score: 0

6:42pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Cyrus Muro says...

F*#KFeds wrote:
Lillylooper ur an absolute idiot do you even know the people you are calling scumbags?? Nooooo! And the system is an absolute joke too as murderers and rapist walk with three years when they have done something against someones will and a 'drug dealer' maximum for giving someone what they want. Ridiculous!
We know they are convicted criminals that's plenty for them to be labelled scum.
Yes the system is a Joke these sentences are far too lenient for scum that ruin lives. Drug dealers arguably are as bad as murderers.
People only want because they are addicts and the addicts are created by the people that supply, I think you should think before you speak.
[quote][p][bold]F*#KFeds[/bold] wrote: Lillylooper ur an absolute idiot do you even know the people you are calling scumbags?? Nooooo! And the system is an absolute joke too as murderers and rapist walk with three years when they have done something against someones will and a 'drug dealer' maximum for giving someone what they want. Ridiculous![/p][/quote]We know they are convicted criminals that's plenty for them to be labelled scum. Yes the system is a Joke these sentences are far too lenient for scum that ruin lives. Drug dealers arguably are as bad as murderers. People only want because they are addicts and the addicts are created by the people that supply, I think you should think before you speak. Cyrus Muro
  • Score: 9

7:02pm Tue 2 Sep 14

F*#KFeds says...

You are completely off your head what are you talking about drug dealers are the same as murderers you have lost it totally! NO! Drugs and alcohol are the same except one is illegal and the other is not. Taking a dealer off the streets will NOT stop ANY addicts from still getting a fix! FACT! So whatever the police do and however many dealers they 'catch' they will NOT get drugs off ANY street!
You are completely off your head what are you talking about drug dealers are the same as murderers you have lost it totally! NO! Drugs and alcohol are the same except one is illegal and the other is not. Taking a dealer off the streets will NOT stop ANY addicts from still getting a fix! FACT! So whatever the police do and however many dealers they 'catch' they will NOT get drugs off ANY street! F*#KFeds
  • Score: -7

7:23pm Tue 2 Sep 14

KSO16R says...

F*#KFeds wrote:
You are completely off your head what are you talking about drug dealers are the same as murderers you have lost it totally! NO! Drugs and alcohol are the same except one is illegal and the other is not. Taking a dealer off the streets will NOT stop ANY addicts from still getting a fix! FACT! So whatever the police do and however many dealers they 'catch' they will NOT get drugs off ANY street!
I am indifferent as to whether someone wants to take drugs or not. However I deplore the criminal activity that goes hand in hand with it, theft, violence, prostitution and the impact it has on family members of drug addicts.,not to mention the massive drain on resources. So move along please no sympathy/empathy here.
[quote][p][bold]F*#KFeds[/bold] wrote: You are completely off your head what are you talking about drug dealers are the same as murderers you have lost it totally! NO! Drugs and alcohol are the same except one is illegal and the other is not. Taking a dealer off the streets will NOT stop ANY addicts from still getting a fix! FACT! So whatever the police do and however many dealers they 'catch' they will NOT get drugs off ANY street![/p][/quote]I am indifferent as to whether someone wants to take drugs or not. However I deplore the criminal activity that goes hand in hand with it, theft, violence, prostitution and the impact it has on family members of drug addicts.,not to mention the massive drain on resources. So move along please no sympathy/empathy here. KSO16R
  • Score: 9

7:36pm Tue 2 Sep 14

andysaints007 says...

F*#KFeds wrote:
You are completely off your head what are you talking about drug dealers are the same as murderers you have lost it totally! NO! Drugs and alcohol are the same except one is illegal and the other is not. Taking a dealer off the streets will NOT stop ANY addicts from still getting a fix! FACT! So whatever the police do and however many dealers they 'catch' they will NOT get drugs off ANY street!
Which one of those 3 ugly gits was bu*ming you mate ? You seem very upset that your lover is gonna get it in the shower from Mr Big
[quote][p][bold]F*#KFeds[/bold] wrote: You are completely off your head what are you talking about drug dealers are the same as murderers you have lost it totally! NO! Drugs and alcohol are the same except one is illegal and the other is not. Taking a dealer off the streets will NOT stop ANY addicts from still getting a fix! FACT! So whatever the police do and however many dealers they 'catch' they will NOT get drugs off ANY street![/p][/quote]Which one of those 3 ugly gits was bu*ming you mate ? You seem very upset that your lover is gonna get it in the shower from Mr Big andysaints007
  • Score: 20

8:38pm Tue 2 Sep 14

mickey01 says...

F*#KFeds wrote:
Lillylooper ur an absolute idiot do you even know the people you are calling scumbags?? Nooooo! And the system is an absolute joke too as murderers and rapist walk with three years when they have done something against someones will and a 'drug dealer' maximum for giving someone what they want. Ridiculous!
what a t**t
[quote][p][bold]F*#KFeds[/bold] wrote: Lillylooper ur an absolute idiot do you even know the people you are calling scumbags?? Nooooo! And the system is an absolute joke too as murderers and rapist walk with three years when they have done something against someones will and a 'drug dealer' maximum for giving someone what they want. Ridiculous![/p][/quote]what a t**t mickey01
  • Score: 10

9:28pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Kevin bridle says...

You don't know anything about any one of these, so shut your mouth Chris ain't a scum bag you mug so stop judging people without knowing anything you stuck up cretin
You don't know anything about any one of these, so shut your mouth Chris ain't a scum bag you mug so stop judging people without knowing anything you stuck up cretin Kevin bridle
  • Score: -6

9:37pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Kevin bridle says...

andysaints007 wrote:
F*#KFeds wrote:
You are completely off your head what are you talking about drug dealers are the same as murderers you have lost it totally! NO! Drugs and alcohol are the same except one is illegal and the other is not. Taking a dealer off the streets will NOT stop ANY addicts from still getting a fix! FACT! So whatever the police do and however many dealers they 'catch' they will NOT get drugs off ANY street!
Which one of those 3 ugly gits was bu*ming you mate ? You seem very upset that your lover is gonna get it in the shower from Mr Big
Shutup you goon you have a problem with anything message me you fool think your hard behind a screen acting smug **** ****
[quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]F*#KFeds[/bold] wrote: You are completely off your head what are you talking about drug dealers are the same as murderers you have lost it totally! NO! Drugs and alcohol are the same except one is illegal and the other is not. Taking a dealer off the streets will NOT stop ANY addicts from still getting a fix! FACT! So whatever the police do and however many dealers they 'catch' they will NOT get drugs off ANY street![/p][/quote]Which one of those 3 ugly gits was bu*ming you mate ? You seem very upset that your lover is gonna get it in the shower from Mr Big[/p][/quote]Shutup you goon you have a problem with anything message me you fool think your hard behind a screen acting smug **** **** Kevin bridle
  • Score: -7

11:12pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Kirsty666 says...

proper dealer wrote:
dont they use cocaine in hospitals though? seriously have the police nothing better to do than that?? if they gave out more jobs in the city and offered more people jobs they wouldnt have to scrimp and mooch around looking to make money in other ways. should be legalised along with cannabis anyway. its a remedy
No they use a legal dose of heroin don't ask I just got told by a midwife on my 2nd c-section
[quote][p][bold]proper dealer[/bold] wrote: dont they use cocaine in hospitals though? seriously have the police nothing better to do than that?? if they gave out more jobs in the city and offered more people jobs they wouldnt have to scrimp and mooch around looking to make money in other ways. should be legalised along with cannabis anyway. its a remedy[/p][/quote]No they use a legal dose of heroin don't ask I just got told by a midwife on my 2nd c-section Kirsty666
  • Score: 4

11:05am Wed 3 Sep 14

ryan_gazzan@hotmail.com says...

Vine's acne might have cleared up by then.
Vine's acne might have cleared up by then. ryan_gazzan@hotmail.com
  • Score: 4

2:35pm Wed 3 Sep 14

F*#KFeds says...

If you wana talk about murderers Clearly the Feds have spent too much money on this operation if only they spent more money on teaching there staff how to ride motorbikes properly that could have saved lives
If you wana talk about murderers Clearly the Feds have spent too much money on this operation if only they spent more money on teaching there staff how to ride motorbikes properly that could have saved lives F*#KFeds
  • Score: -4

3:53pm Wed 3 Sep 14

andysaints007 says...

Kevin bridle wrote:
andysaints007 wrote:
F*#KFeds wrote:
You are completely off your head what are you talking about drug dealers are the same as murderers you have lost it totally! NO! Drugs and alcohol are the same except one is illegal and the other is not. Taking a dealer off the streets will NOT stop ANY addicts from still getting a fix! FACT! So whatever the police do and however many dealers they 'catch' they will NOT get drugs off ANY street!
Which one of those 3 ugly gits was bu*ming you mate ? You seem very upset that your lover is gonna get it in the shower from Mr Big
Shutup you goon you have a problem with anything message me you fool think your hard behind a screen acting smug **** ****
You best give me your e-mail address then - or hadn't you worked that one out ! Numbskull
[quote][p][bold]Kevin bridle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]F*#KFeds[/bold] wrote: You are completely off your head what are you talking about drug dealers are the same as murderers you have lost it totally! NO! Drugs and alcohol are the same except one is illegal and the other is not. Taking a dealer off the streets will NOT stop ANY addicts from still getting a fix! FACT! So whatever the police do and however many dealers they 'catch' they will NOT get drugs off ANY street![/p][/quote]Which one of those 3 ugly gits was bu*ming you mate ? You seem very upset that your lover is gonna get it in the shower from Mr Big[/p][/quote]Shutup you goon you have a problem with anything message me you fool think your hard behind a screen acting smug **** ****[/p][/quote]You best give me your e-mail address then - or hadn't you worked that one out ! Numbskull andysaints007
  • Score: 4

6:50pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Kevin bridle says...

andysaints007 wrote:
Kevin bridle wrote:
andysaints007 wrote:
F*#KFeds wrote:
You are completely off your head what are you talking about drug dealers are the same as murderers you have lost it totally! NO! Drugs and alcohol are the same except one is illegal and the other is not. Taking a dealer off the streets will NOT stop ANY addicts from still getting a fix! FACT! So whatever the police do and however many dealers they 'catch' they will NOT get drugs off ANY street!
Which one of those 3 ugly gits was bu*ming you mate ? You seem very upset that your lover is gonna get it in the shower from Mr Big
Shutup you goon you have a problem with anything message me you fool think your hard behind a screen acting smug **** ****
You best give me your e-mail address then - or hadn't you worked that one out ! Numbskull
I'll knock you out hahahahahhaha
Think your hard pussyyy
[quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kevin bridle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]F*#KFeds[/bold] wrote: You are completely off your head what are you talking about drug dealers are the same as murderers you have lost it totally! NO! Drugs and alcohol are the same except one is illegal and the other is not. Taking a dealer off the streets will NOT stop ANY addicts from still getting a fix! FACT! So whatever the police do and however many dealers they 'catch' they will NOT get drugs off ANY street![/p][/quote]Which one of those 3 ugly gits was bu*ming you mate ? You seem very upset that your lover is gonna get it in the shower from Mr Big[/p][/quote]Shutup you goon you have a problem with anything message me you fool think your hard behind a screen acting smug **** ****[/p][/quote]You best give me your e-mail address then - or hadn't you worked that one out ! Numbskull[/p][/quote]I'll knock you out hahahahahhaha Think your hard pussyyy Kevin bridle
  • Score: 1

8:56pm Wed 3 Sep 14

Cyrus Muro says...

F*#KFeds wrote:
If you wana talk about murderers Clearly the Feds have spent too much money on this operation if only they spent more money on teaching there staff how to ride motorbikes properly that could have saved lives
care to elaborate?
I am intrigued
[quote][p][bold]F*#KFeds[/bold] wrote: If you wana talk about murderers Clearly the Feds have spent too much money on this operation if only they spent more money on teaching there staff how to ride motorbikes properly that could have saved lives[/p][/quote]care to elaborate? I am intrigued Cyrus Muro
  • Score: 0

4:43pm Sun 7 Sep 14

F*#KFeds says...

Outside of the Box wrote:
terryw45 wrote:
8 years, out in four, the police must despair with our judicial system !
8 years out in 6 years he will serve 2 thirds of the sentence because of the length of sentence. Still not enough
Actually he will do half, not 6 years so basically 3 years because previously in the echo they said he was on remand so that gets taken off too lol
[quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]terryw45[/bold] wrote: 8 years, out in four, the police must despair with our judicial system ![/p][/quote]8 years out in 6 years he will serve 2 thirds of the sentence because of the length of sentence. Still not enough[/p][/quote]Actually he will do half, not 6 years so basically 3 years because previously in the echo they said he was on remand so that gets taken off too lol F*#KFeds
  • Score: 1

11:03am Tue 9 Sep 14

_smokey_ says...

Omar was the brains behind the operation, look at his mug shot..He was getting high off his own supply. The bird poo was making a lot of money and spending it on fast food, designer clothes, trainers, aftershaves, expensive phones and cheap girls.

Mr judge, nice one........
Omar was the brains behind the operation, look at his mug shot..He was getting high off his own supply. The bird poo was making a lot of money and spending it on fast food, designer clothes, trainers, aftershaves, expensive phones and cheap girls. Mr judge, nice one........ _smokey_
  • Score: 0

5:35pm Thu 11 Sep 14

byakuya says...

The war on drugs is a huge waste of resources. Addictions such as alcohol, nicotine and sugar are far more damaging to society. However, that does not excuse these criminals who should be suitably punished for their crimes. Nobody with any sense should be defending them or their behaviour.
The war on drugs is a huge waste of resources. Addictions such as alcohol, nicotine and sugar are far more damaging to society. However, that does not excuse these criminals who should be suitably punished for their crimes. Nobody with any sense should be defending them or their behaviour. byakuya
  • Score: 0
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