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‘Huge’ investigation into class A drugs supply leads to six more people being sentenced

A police investigation into industrial amounts of class A drugs being supplied across the UK has led to six more people being sentenced.


A total of 32 people have now been brought before the courts following the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) investigation which was launched in April 2020 after the encrypted chat platform ‘Encrochat’ was dismantled as part of a huge international law enforcement operation.


The platform had been used to organise and facilitate the supply of multiple kilos of cocaine and heroin, primarily between January and September 2020. Data recovered from the platform was used by officers to show the vast scale of offending which stretched the length and breadth of the UK and across international boundaries.


Large amounts of cash and class A drugs were recovered during police enforcement across 2020 and 2021.


The EMSOU investigation led to 22 people being sentenced in January and four people in June for their involvement.


Five people were sentenced at Leicester Crown Court for their involvement.


Credit Leicestershire Police

Top row from left to right: Hani Mohamed Sadek, Lewis Ball and Richard Paice


Bottom row from left to right: Abusophiyan Malida, Cale Borland


  • Hani Mohamed Sadek, 44, formerly of Shakespeare Avenue, Denton, Greater Manchester was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply a Class A controlled drug (cocaine)

  • Lewis Ball, 33, formerly of St Austell Road, Leicester was sentenced to seven years and six months imprisonment after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply a Class A controlled drug (cocaine)  

  • Richard Paice, 45, formerly of Castleton Avenue, Arnold, Nottinghamshire was sentenced to six years and eight months imprisonment after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply a Class A controlled drug (cocaine) and possession with intent to supply a Class A controlled drug (cocaine)

  • Abusophiyan Malida, 27, formerly of Sandringham Avenue, Leicester was sentenced to six years and six months imprisonment after previously being found guilty following a trial of conspiracy to supply a Class A controlled drug (cocaine)

  • Cale Borland, 27, formerly of Ratby Road, Groby, Leicestershire was sentenced to five years and four months imprisonment after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply a Class A controlled drug (cocaine)

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