Pair jailed for involvement in cocaine dealing ring
Two Wiltshire men have been jailed for their part in a £30 million cocaine dealing ring.
Dean Waite, 22, from Swindon, but originally from Bowerhill in Melksham, and 23-year-old Sebastian Sorrenti, from Northern Road in Swindon, were sentenced to three and nine years respectively for their involvement in the operation.
Swindon Crown Court heard how Waite travelled to Norwich to pick up four 25kg packages of benzocaine, and was paid £50 per package when he delivered them to Sorrenti in Swindon.
Benzocaine is the powder used by cocaine dealers to mix with pure cocaine to dilute it, the court heard.
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Waite delivered one but kept three at a house in Hurricane Road, Bowerhill, but he was arrested after a shipment of the powder was seized at Stansted airport and Waite’s name was found on documents relating to it.
Both men pleaded guilty to a charge of being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs. DC James Newbery, from Swindon CID, said he hoped the sentences would prove a deterrent to anyone else getting mixed up in drug dealing.
“Both Dean Waite and Sebastian Sorrenti have been actively involved in the process of supplying Class A drugs in our county,” he said. “They arranged for several large scale deliveries of cutting agents – used in the illegal trade and supply of cocaine.
“Their actions have supported the illegal supply of Class A drugs in Wiltshire which causes widespread misery and leads to further crimes.
“The supply of drugs in Wiltshire ruins lives not only of those who take the drugs but their families and our local communities.
“Today’s sentencing has been the result of the hard work and dedication of Swindon CID working alongside Richard Guy from the Swindon Financial Investigation Team. This should act as a deterrent to anyone who is concerned in the supply of drugs in Wiltshire.”