02/10/2008

Seventy Years Imprisonment For Heroin Smugglers

Three members of a drug smuggling network have been sentenced for a total of 70 years in prison for their part in distributing huge quantities of heroin throughout the Midlands.

Ronald van Overveld drove the drugs across from the Netherlands on at least two occasions. He was sentenced to 21 years in prison.

Two brothers, Parveez and Tabreaz Saddieq from Bordesley Green, Birmingham formed part of the distribution network and met van Overveld when he arrived. Parveez was sentenced to 26 years and his brother 23 years in prison.

The three were arrested when officers from the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) swooped on 22 January this year.

Investigations pointed the officers towards evidence of drug trafficking in excess of 1,000kg of heroin – estimated to be about 10 million individual street deals.

Judge Parker QC, sentencing at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday described the peddling of drugs as a "scourge" with a devastating effect on society and commended the officers for their work.

Gregor McGill, Head of Serious Organised Crime at Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office, said: "I am delighted with the result in this case and the sentences imposed. RCPO and SOCA will continue to work closely to ensure that the harm caused to the UK by serious organised criminals is reduced."

(JM)

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