Wed, 03 Aug 2011
The recent Operation Segmen trial, prosecuted by No5 Chambers' Adrian Keeling QC and Michelle Heeley for SOCA, has appeared as a Case Study in the Government's latest strategy paper on Organised Crime.
"Case Study A" on Page 17 reads as follows:
"In July 2010, Tariq Dad and three associates
were sentenced for conspiracy to supply
cocaine. Dad has a long history of organised
crime including heroin trafficking, money
laundering, fraud and blackmail, despite lengthy
prison sentences. A systematic programme of
disruption by the Serious and Organised Crime
Agency (SOCA) in conjunction with Avon and
Somerset Police progressively damaged his
reputation amongst criminals and undermined
his capacity to stay in business. As his influence
deteriorated and his debts mounted, he made
an attempt to dominate the regional crack
cocaine market and had to take a more handson role.
Evidence was obtained to charge him
with conspiracy to supply cocaine. Every link in
Dad’s drug distribution chain was attacked and
dismantled – from street dealers to suppliers in
London and Turkey. So far, sentences totalling
over 180 years have been handed out to 20
people as a result of operations by SOCA and
its partners linked to this investigation."
To read the full paper entitled "Local to Global: Reducing the Risk from Organised Crime", please click here.