Two men have been jailed for a total of 19 years for conspiring to supply cocaine with a street value of around £2.9m in Berkshire. 

At Reading Crown Court on Thursday June 27, 34-year-old Adeel Ahmed, of Oldway Lane, Slough was sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment.  

Following a two-week trial, he was found guilty by unanimous jury verdict of conspiracy to supply class A drugs and possession of criminal property.  

His co-defendant, Mark Staples, aged 45, of Courtleet Way, Nottingham, pleaded guilty on the first day of the trial to being concerned in the supply of cocaine.  

He was sentenced to five years and five months’ imprisonment at the hearing on Thursday.  

In August 2023 Ahmed conspired to supply 29kg of high purity cocaine as well as organising and facilitating the distribution of a further 2kg of cocaine.  

From his home address police seized more than £23,000 in cash.  

On August 30, Staples couriered 27kg of high purity cocaine to an address in Winkfield, Windsor that was intended for onward supply.  

Detective Inspector Dale Price said: “Ahmed and Staples have been prevented from causing harm to our communities through the supply of high purity cocaine.  

“The seriousness of their offending can be seen through the sentences imposed on them.  

“We work tirelessly and remain committed to tackling drug crime and will bring offenders to justice. 

“Anyone with information about the supply of drugs in their communities should report it to police by calling 101 or via the force’s website. Alternatively anonymous reports can be made through the independent charity Crimestoppers online or by calling 0800 555 111.”