Burton Latimer drugs gang boss guilty of conspiracy to supply cocaine

Leicester Crown Court
Leicester Crown Court

The head of a criminal gang has been found guilty of conspiring to supply large quantities of cocaine.

Joseph O’Neill, 36, of Jacques Road, Burton Latimer, along with Sean Byrne, 48, of Purser Road, Northampton, and Paul Wesley, 38, of Foxton, Cambridgeshire, have been on trial for the past eights weeks charged with conspiracy to supply a Class A drug.

David Herbert, prosecuting at Leicester Crown Court, described O’Neill as someone who “posed as a legitimate businessmen using funds from his involvement in the supply of Class A drugs”.

The prosecution case was that the men were part of an organised criminal gang that supplied cocaine to Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Hampshire.

Mr Herbert said O’Neill was the head of a criminal gang in Northamptonshire.

He said the drugs operation had run over a two-year period and, during this time, police gathered a large amount of surveillance evidence.

Mr Herbert said O’Neill used phone boxes to ring other members of the drugs gang and used the code of “pens” arriving to signify a supply of cocaine.

The men will be sentenced next year.