VIDEO: Kettering and Wellingborough drugs gang handed 42-year sentence

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A gang of men and women who supplied class A drugs in Kettering and Wellingborough have been jailed for more than 40 years.

The nine men and two women defendants appeared before Judge Rupert Mayo at Northampton Crown Court on Monday charged with conspiracy to supply drugs.

The nine who were jailed for a total of 42 years

The nine who were jailed for a total of 42 years

They were arrested in a series of raids between June and September last year after a police sting.

Those jailed were Leon Spencer, 32, from Stream Bank Close, Wellingborough, who received six years in prison, Liam Lawless, 25, from Lancaster Road, Kettering, who received four years and four months, Daniel Brown, 30, from Great Park Street, Wellingborough, was sentenced to five years, Lee Brown, 33 from Shakespeare Road, Wellingborough, was sentenced to five years and two months, Simon Hodges, 33, from Mears Ashby Road, Wellingborough, was sentenced to five years, Colin Villiers, 50, from Tresham Street, Kettering, was sentenced to four years and two months, Codie Swane, 21, from Finedon Road, Wellingborough, was sentenced to five years and ten months, David Howe, 43, from Queen Eleanor Court, Kettering, was sentenced to three years and two months, Shaun Alexis, 28, of no fixed address, was sentenced to three years and four months, Maureen Johnston, 27, from Tresham Street, Kettering, was sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for 12 months with a 12 month supervision order, Stacey McKenna, 35, from Marion Square, Kettering, was sentenced to six months in prison suspended for 12 months with a 12 month supervision order.

The gang were originally arrested in February following a series of warrants that were carried out.

The Telegraph accompanied police officers on one of the raids, in Queen Eleanor Court, where drugs were recovered.

All of the defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, except Lee Brown and Daniel Brown. Codie Swane also pleaded not guilty.

Both Brown brothers were later convicted following a trial.

Swane later changed her plea to guilty on the first day of trial.

Hodges was also convicted of firearms offences.

Detective Chief Inspector Nick Purdie, who led the investigation, said: “We are committed to targeting those engaged in dealing drugs in our communities.

“The judge commented during the trial that this was a sophisticated organised crime group. We welcome the substantial sentences that bring to a close a long and successful operation that sought to make Kettering an even safer place.”