Men jailed for roles in drug dealing ring
TWO shipping containers at a storage yard near to Shalford railway station were at the centre of a planned multi-million pound drug dealing operation.
A total of 179kg of ketamine with a street value of £2.6million was deposited at a premises owned by Multi-Store in Station Approach, the largest haul in the country in 2009.
Glen Beasley, 38, Issac Wood, 25, Jason Shaw, 37, Casey Levitt, 27, broke the drugs down into smaller amounts and put it into metal cabinets, Guildford Crown Court was told.
The court heard they were caught red-handed by police officers, who raided the premises on November 27 to find the men inside the containers with crates of ketamine.
They were jailed for a total of 13 and eight months on Friday after admitting conspiracy to supply class C drugs.
The court heard Glen Beasley was the ringleader while the remaining three were labourers, hired to help out for the day, were all addicted to ketamine.
Beasley also pleaded guilty to possession of a Class B drug after 379g of cannabis resin was found in his pocket during a search at the scene.
Officers also seized more than 1kg of cannabis worth £3,000, around £3,680 in cash, and 3,000 Euro.
Prosecutor Gino Connor said one of the containers at was rented out on by somebody using the name G Adams, later established as Beasley, from an address in Surbiton.
"They were seen to arrive at the premises shortly after 9am driving a silver Audi estate," Mr Connor said. "Glen Beasley is the driver of the vehicle.
After entering the containers, the two men were then seen taking clothes from the back of the Audi, before Beasley was heard planning to go off and fill a petrol can to power a chainsaw.
When Beasley returned, the group was joined by Wood and Levitt and all four began circling the two containers, which were numbered 34 and 35.
"It was obvious that they were now awaiting the lorry that was driving the ketamine that had been placed into metal containers," Mr Connor said.
The lorry arrived at around 11.30am and was seen to unload 15 crates.
Wood and Levitt were then seen smashing open the crates before the lorry left the scene an hour later.
"They reduced the ketamine from 14-16kgs into four or five kilogram bags," Mr Connor said.
"At 3.05pm, when all four were working inside container number 35, plain clothes Surrey Police officers ran to the open doors of numbers 34 and 35 and indicated they were police officers."
Levitt, of Broom Squires, Hindhead, was caught with 637g of ketamine, after a failed attempt to run away with the officers.
Subsequent tests showed Wood, Shaw and Levitt also had traces of the drug in their system and under their nostrils. Beasley, who was not tested, was found with £3,680 in cash and the cannabis resin.
A search of container number 35 showed 1.38kg of ketamine broken down into smaller portions while some were still in the metal crates.
Steve Bailey, defending Beasley said his client, of Upper Beulah Hill, south London, had been forced into organising the drop off after losing £25,000 to a group of strangers in a card game in Spain.
"He didn’t think they were anything other than normal chaps," he said. "He still regrets not going to the police at the time."
Beasley was sentenced to seven years in prison and three years for possession of cannabis to be served concurrently.
Defending Levitt, James Hislop said his client was paid £100 to go down to Shalford for the day.
"He has been a ketamine addict since he was 11 years old and was still addicted at the time of the incident," he said.
He was jailed for two-and-a-half years.
James Bloomer, defending Isaac Wood, of no fixed abode, also said he was contacted the day before about the job.
"He had got in over his head, partly because of his use of drugs," he added. "He is somebody who has spent time in custody attempting to get away from this."
Wood was sentenced to 27 months in prison.
Sam Blom-Cooper, said Shaw, his client, had "struggled for a considerable period of time" with an addiction to alcohol and drugs.
He said his client was tempted by the money on offer after quitting his job as a plumber to care for his sick father.
Shaw, of Hampstead Road, Dorking, was jailed for two-and-a-half years. All will serve half their sentences on licence.
By Luke Jacobs
May 25, 2010
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