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Four jailed after year long police drugs investigation

A group involved in a plot to supply class A drugs across Leicester and Leicestershire have today been sentenced to nearly 20 years imprisonment.

The group’s crimes were uncovered following a year-long investigation by officers from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU).

The investigation began in May 2020 and in May this year Zunaid Bobat, Joshua Mooney, Mark Robson and a 17-year-old – who cannot be named for legal reasons – were arrested.

Enquiries into their dealings resulted in police seizing firearms, knives, cash and mobile phones. An examination of the phones linked them to the supply of drugs in Hinckley, Melton Mowbray and Leicester.

Today (Wednesday 27 October) at Leicester Crown Court:

  • Bobat, 26, of Abbey Lane in Leicester, was sentenced to six years and eleven months

  • Mooney, 25, of Millstone Lane in Syston, was sentenced to four years and 10 months years

  • Robson, 46, of Drummond Walk in Melton Mowbray, was sentenced to two years and seven months

  • The 17-year-old, from Leicester, was sentenced to five years and four months years

All four had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply a controlled class A drug at hearings between August and October this year.

The 17-year-old also pleaded guilty to one count of having an article with a blade or point, one count of possessing a prohibited firearm and one count of possessing ammunition without a firearm certificate.

Bobat’s sentence included a breach of a non-molestation order, while Mooney’s sentence also included an unrelated matter of criminal damage and breach of a suspended sentence.

Detective Inspector Lee Hunt, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, was the senior investigating officer. He said: “The group had a plan in place to supply drugs across both the city and county.

“However, their actions were being monitored and they were arrested earlier this year. A search of their addresses confirmed what we believed to be true – that they were established drug-dealers.

“I hope that the people of Hinckley, Melton and the wider county can take some relief from the fact that these four people have now been brought to justice and are serving time in prison.

“We will always act on information regarding the supply and distribution of drugs and I would ask anyone who has concerns or believes they can help police to get in touch.”

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