Drug dealer has prison stay extended by nearly 10 years
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A drug dealer found with a firearm has had his prison time extended by almost 10 years, in the latest success for Bedfordshire Police’s biggest ever organised crime crackdown.
Robert Wilson, from Luton, was linked to a number of significant drug dealing operations, involving the supply of cocaine, cannabis and ketamine, by the force’s Operation Costello.
Messages on the encrypted messaging platform Encrochat, which was used by criminals, showed Wilson was involved in the supply of around five kilogrammes of cocaine, as well as significant quantities of the other drugs.
Wilson, 47, of Bracknell Close, was jailed for five years earlier this year for possession of a sawn off shotgun.
Police carried out a warrant at his home address in September 2021 based on intelligence he had a gun and was looking to shoot someone.
This week at Luton Crown Court he was handed a further sentence of nine years and six months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine.
He was handed concurrent sentences of five years and three months for conspiracy to supply cannabis, and three years and nine months for conspiracy to supply ketamine.
These offences were both revealed through Encrochat messages, a system which was hacked by international law enforcement in 2020.
Wilson was given two further concurrent sentences of one year and two months after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply class C drugs, in relation to pills discovered at his home when he was arrested.
Investigation officer Gary Hales, who led the investigation, said: “Wilson was a career criminal who made his living from the supply of all manner of illegal and harmful substances.
“It is never a surprise to discover guns and other serious weapons when you’re investigating those involved in the illegal drugs trade.
“Violence, exploitation and organised crime usually go hand in hand. Taking drug dealers like Wilson off the streets keeps all our communities safer.
“That’s why we continue to urge people to report concerns around drug dealing to us.”
Offenders have been jailed for more than 200 years as a result of investigations by Costello, which is funded by the Home Office and was set up by Bedfordshire Police to run local investigations following the cracking of the Encrochat network.