Two Northamptonshire men who were part of £24 million cocaine and heroin dealing gang jailed for 14 years

David Bowen (left) Shorne Ross (right)
David Bowen (left) Shorne Ross (right)
  • David Bowen and Shorne Ross, of Rothersthorpe, part of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs
  • Pair were arrested travelling in a van containing 13kg of cocaine and 2kg of heroin
  • The cocaine and heroin was shipped over on a lorry that came from Holland

Two men from a village near Northampton have been sentenced to a combined total of 14 years in prison after admitting being part of a £24 million conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin.

David Bowen, aged 43, and Shorne Ross, aged 42, both of Mumford Drive, Rothersthorpe, were part of a group of nine men sentenced to a total of 84 years following a Thames Valley Police investigation into conspiracies to the supply of drugs in Oxford.

Nine men have been jailed for drug dealing Line one L-R Aaron Preston, Ali Neziri, David Bowen Line two - L-R Shorne Ross, Gavin Preston, Hakan Razaki Line three - L-R Martin Gray, Yemi Aiyegbusi, Ryan Davies

Nine men have been jailed for drug dealing Line one L-R Aaron Preston, Ali Neziri, David Bowen Line two - L-R Shorne Ross, Gavin Preston, Hakan Razaki Line three - L-R Martin Gray, Yemi Aiyegbusi, Ryan Davies

The men were arrested on March 10 last year after a lorry, containing 21kg of class A drugs, including 14kg of cocaine and 7kg of heroin, was stopped at Harwich.

The drugs, with an estimated street value of £24 million, were concealed in a hidden compartment in the sleeping area of the lorry.

Ross and Bowen were arrested on junction 4 and 5 on the M40 in a Fiat Doblo van that had met the lorry at the port.

Ross was the driver and Bowen the passenger and in the back of the van was a bag, containing a total of 13 kg of cocaine and 2kg heroin.

We are pleased that we have been able to disrupt the supply of drugs, bring these men to justice and ensure they are behind bars for a very long time.

Investigating officer, Det Insp Rachel Wheatman of the Serious Organised Crime Unit

Bowen pleaded guilty at Oxford Crown Court on July 24, 2014 after being charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs (cocaine and heroin) between 9 January and 10 March 2014. He was sentenced to eight years in jail.

Ross was found guilty of the charge of conspiracy to supply heroin and conspiracy to supply cocaine on September 23, 2014. He was sentenced to six years in jail.

Hakan Razaki, aged 42, of Prunuslaan, Aandijk, Holland - who was the driver of the lorry - was jailed for five years after pleading guilty to the charge of importing heroin and cocaine.

On the same day Bowen and Ross were arrested, a warrant was executed at the home address of Yemi Aiyegbusi in Walton Street, Oxford. More than £40,000 in cash, cocaine, heroin and mixing agent was found.

David Bowen

David Bowen

Aiyegbusi, aged 36, was jailed for 12 years after admitting a charge of conspiracy to supply class A drugs (cocaine and heroin) between January 9 and March 10, 2014.

Martin Gray, aged 32, from Randolph Avenue, Woodstock, was also arrested on March 10 on the forecourt of a Shell garage on Marlow Road, High Wycombe. A search of his

In his vehicle 5kg of heroin in a Next carrier bag was discovered along with a hydraulic press, a money counting machine and drug paraphernalia while £5,000 in cash was found at his home address.

He was jailed for 18 years after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs (cocaine and heroin) between January and March 10, 2014 and another charge of conspiracy to supply class A drugs (cocaine) between August 15 2013 to October 2013.

Shorne Ross

Shorne Ross

Gavin Preston, 36, from Astrop Lane, Oxford, had also pleaded guilty to two charges of conspiracy to supply class A drugs (cocaine) between 15 August 2013 to 27 February 2014 and was sentenced to 12 years

Aaron Preston, 34, from Ashurst Way, Oxford, had also pleaded guilty to two charges of conspiracy to supply class A drugs (cocaine) between 15 August 2013 to 27 February 2014 and was sentenced to eight years.

Reece Preston, 28, from Ashurst Way, Oxford, pleaded guilty at Oxford Crown Court to the charge of allowing his premises to be used in the supply of controlled drugs between August 15, 2013 and October 12, 2013. He was sentenced to three years and eight months imprisonment earlier this month.

Ali Neziri, 32, from Hundred Acres Close, Oxford, pleaded guilty at Oxford Crown Court to a charge of conspiracy to supply class A drugs (cocaine) between 15 August 2013 to 27 February 2014 and was sentenced to five years in jail.

Ryan Davies, 33, from Kelburne Road, Oxford, was found guilty on 28 November to conspiracy to supply a controlled drug (cocaine) to another, between August and October 2013 and was today sentenced to 10 years.

Investigating officer, Det Insp Rachel Wheatman of the Serious Organised Crime Unit said: “The Thames Valley Police Serious Organised Crime Unit has investigated the group who were concerned with supplying cocaine and heroin in the Oxford area.

“I would like to thank all the police officers and staff involved in bringing this difficult and complex case to this conclusion.

“We are pleased that we have been able to disrupt the supply of drugs in the Oxford area, bring these men to justice and ensure they are behind bars for a very long time.”