Mansfield man in court charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine

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A MANSFIELD man has appeared at Maidstone Magistrates’ Court today (Monday) charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Wayne Long (43), of Lichfield Close, was charged along with three other men after an investigation by officers from the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU), assisted by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), into the alleged importation of Class A drugs into the UK from The Netherlands.

The men were arrested in Kent, Surrey and Derbyshire in a co-ordinated operation on Friday 26 April. A fifth man, aged 31, who was arrested in Derbyshire on suspicion of the same offence, was released on police bail until 27th June while enquiries continue.

SEROCU, which is based in Sussex, comprises police officers and staff from the forces of Kent, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, and Thames Valley, and works in conjunction with UK Border enforcement teams, HMRC and SOCA, to combat cross-border organised crime.