3PB Barrister Jane Rowley successfully prosecutes 4 men who were part of an Organised Crime Group
18th April 2019
3PB Barrister Jane Rowley successfully prosecutes 4 men who were part of an Organised Crime Group involved in a drugs conspiracy, offensive weapons and firearms offences (Operation Socket) in Southampton Crown Court.
On 12th April four men were jailed for their part in supplying and selling cannabis to students in Southampton as part of an organised crime group investigated by the Hampshire Police.
Police seized drugs worth £10,000 being transported to the city on 11th September 2018.
The group's leader, Sylwester Idziak, 30, was later arrested by armed police.
Three other men were jailed for between 13 months and eight years and 6 months.
Southampton Crown Court heard police had the men under surveillance from April 2018.
Prosecutor Jane Rowley described Polish-national Idziak, of Winchester Road, Southampton, as the "lynchpin who masterminded the operation".
A firing pistol which had been modified to become a working firearm, as well as ammunition, was recovered from the car. Idziak was arrested after armed police stopped a car in Archers Road in Southampton on 11 September, in an operation witnessed and filmed by passers-by.
The firing pistol recovered had been modified to become a working firearm.
Live ammunition, was also recovered from the car.
Idziak was convicted of conspiring to supply cannabis and possessing a firearm following trial.
He was sentenced to a total term of eight and a half years imprisonment.
Polish National Michal Lasak, of King George's Avenue, was arrested by police on the M3 on 6th September 2018, with a baseball bat and a kilo of cannabis with an estimated street value of £10,000 thought to have been supplied to him by Shey Roberts.
Lasak was described as a "general runner and transporter" and was given 13 months in jail after admitting conspiracy to supply cannabis and possession of an offensive weapon at an earlier hearing.
Shey Roberts, of Juniper Close, was also convicted of conspiracy to supply cannabis and sentenced to 18 months in prison following trial.
Ethiopian-born Simon Tekle, of Newcombe Road, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cannabis and possession of a firearm. He was arrested at his home shortly after Idziak was detained and 25 bags of cannabis ready to be sold were discovered in his flat.
The court heard he was supplying the drug to fellow university students and other users. He was jailed for six months and four months.
Passing sentence, Judge Christopher Parker said the four were "a determined and organised criminal network with aspirations to grow".