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Derby drug dealer jailed for 24 years

Posted on 24th October 2018

A Derby drug dealer who was part of an industrial drugs operation totalling more than £30m has been jailed for 24 years.

Ivan Graham pleaded guilty to seven charges including possession with intent to supply cocaine, heroin and cannabis.

Over two years the 35-year-old helped move an estimated £35m worth of drugs through a property in Wakami Crescent in Chellaston.

The drugs arrived at the house in raw form and, after being cut and repackaged, were then supplied to other dealers for sale.

Following his arrest earlier this year on May 18 - an estimated £500,000 in cash was found at the address along with multiple kilos of heroin, cocaine and cannabis with a street value of up to £1.3m.

Also found at the property were a number of firearms, including a loaded Uzi sub-machine gun, and ammunition for the weapons.

Assistant Chief Constable Paul Gibson, said: “Today’s sentencing shows the serious nature of the criminality that Ivan Graham was undertaking.

“Over the course of two years he was involved in a distribution network that pushed tens of millions of pounds of drugs into towns and cities across the Midlands.

“The level of activity in the property is, quite frankly, staggering. In shutting this operation down we have cut off a major supplier of drugs who has, and would have continued, to cause untold misery to thousands of families across Derbyshire and the wider region.

“On top of large quantity of drugs, a number of firearms were found at the address including an Uzi sub-machine gun.

“The people of Derby are safer now that this weapon, along with others found at the address, is off the streets.

“My team and I are dedicated to making sure criminals like Graham can never sleep soundly. They should be looking over their shoulder at all times because we will catch up with them - and when we do we will bring the full force of the law to bear on them.

“I would also like to make a direct appeal to communities the length and breadth of the county. This offence took place in a quiet residential street. Graham ran his operation right alongside people going about their law abiding business.

“We rely on the public being aware of what is going on in their local area and helping provide information that can make their communities safer.

“If you are concerned about activity in your area then you can contact Derbyshire police in confidence on 101, via the force’s social media channels or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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