A man has been jailed for 19 years for playing a leading role in the supply of cocaine across West Sussex.
Aldo Oringa, 33, formerly of Romsey Road in Winchester, was identified as the common link between three people who were stopped in two cars in the Bolney and Horsham areas in June and July in 2017.
Investigating officers seized nearly 1.25 kilos of cocaine in total from the cars – one amount with a street value of between £105,000 and £130,000, the other worth around £2,000.
Just under a kilo of cocaine was also found at Oringa’s Eastbourne flat.
Elliot Best, 21, of Windsor Drive, Rustington, Donna Faulkner, 48, of Bluebell Drive, Littlehampton and Ingrid Edwards, 28, of Northumberland Park, Erith, London were arrested following the seizure.
On April 24 at Hove Crown Court, Oringa, Best and Faulkner were sentenced to 19, three and four years respectively, following a three-week trial in which they were charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine.
Edwards failed to appear at court and is still wanted by police.
DI Alan Pack, of the Community Investigations Team, said:
“The sentence issued to the three defendants has been very much welcomed and has seen justice served.
“This amount of class A drug could have had a detrimental effect on the wider community and we are pleased this has been taken off the streets.
“The teams worked extremely hard to provide the evidence for each of the cases and the disruption of this behaviour will continue.”
Investigators initially linked Oringa to the three arrested by a common number in each of their phones.
It belonged to Oringa who, it transpired, had been traveling in convoy with the two vehicles previously.
During a search of Oringa’s flat in Eastbourne on October 6 of 2017, the Sussex Organised Crime Unit discovered almost a kilo of high purity cocaine with further amounts discarded during Oringa’s attempt to flee the flat through a window at the property.
Oringa was charged with possession with intent to supply cocaine and remanded in custody.
During this time, police said he attempted to pay someone to say that the drugs at his property had belonged to them.
However, police rebutted this claim and Oringa was further charged with perverting the course of justice.
Oringa pleaded not guilty to the charges and was convicted on March 6. He was later sentenced alongside the other three offenders on April 24.
DI Pack added:
“We are dedicated to disrupting organised crime groups and those who try to distribute dangerous drugs across our communities..
“Our work will continue, targeting those who would bring harm to local people, including often the most vulnerable.
“Police work to combat illegal drugs in Sussex continues under the ‘Fortress’ brand, launched to encompass all our drug-harm reduction work.