65-year total jail for eight in drugs ring

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Eight people, including a Crowland man, involved in a heroin supply and money laundering conspiracy have been given sentences totalling more than 65 years following a six week trial at Norwich Crown Court.

Darren Driscoll (38), of Church Lane, Crowland, was given eight and half years for conspiracy to supply drugs.

Key players in the racket between January 2011 and July 2012 included members of the Higginson family from Wisbech and Downham Market.

As he passed sentences, Judge Stephen Holt said the convictions for conspiracy to supply class A drugs followed “what must have been an enormously complex and detailed investigation”.

He added: “It cannot be overemphasised what a trail of destruction the distribution of heroin brings.”

He said there was no firm evidence of the amount brought into the area although three kilograms were seized in one raid.

David Higginson (67), of Begdale Road, Elm, Wisbech was jailed for 12 years. He had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs, heroin.

Son Paul Higginson (38), also of Begdale Road, pleaded guilty to the conspiracy and money laundering and was given a total of ten years and eight months.

David’s wife Denise Higginson (58), also of Begdale Road, received six years for the conspiracy.

Daughter Sarah Higginson (37), of Silt Road, Nordelph, near Downham Market, was given six and a half years for conspiracy and money laundering. Paul Ward (44), also of Silt Road, also received six and a half years for conspiracy and money laundering.

Kabir Hussain (34), of Artillery Street, Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, was given 12 years for conspiracy and money laundering and possessing class A and B drugs.

Mohammed Tariq (47), from Karachi, was jailed for four years for money laundering after police found him in possession of a total of £127,565 in a car.

Another defendant Megan Morris (36), of Ellen Crescent, Spalding, is still to be sentenced.