Four men including a father and son have been jailed for a total of 37 years for a conspiracy to supply hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of heroin into Brighton, according to Sussex Police.
Robert Compton, 53, of Wicklands Avenue, Saltdean and his son, Lee Compton, 32, of Roundhill Road, Brighton together with Huseyin Deniz, 49, and Devrim Oguzca, 40, plotted to bring 2kg of heroin worth between £194,000 and £388,000 from London to Brighton, police said.
Officers from the community investigation team at Brighton arrested Lee Compton at the city railway station on June 9 2015 after he got off a train from London and was found to carrying the class A drug in a plastic bag, police added.
Meanwhile in London, officers from the Metropolitan police were investigating a wider conspiracy involving Robert Compton, Deniz and Oguzca who were seen frequently meeting and calling each other, a police spokesperson said.
These three were also arrested and all later charged with conspiracy to supply heroin. They all pleaded not guilty but on the second day of a trial at Hove Crown Court, Deniz pleaded guilty. The other three were found guilty by a jury and they were sentenced on Friday (May 19), according to Sussex Police.
Robert Compton was jailed for 12 years, Deniz, of Turkey Street, Enfield, Middlesex, was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment, Lee Compton and Oguzca, of Walpole Road, London, were each jailed for seven years.
Detective constable Mark Pinder from the Brighton community investigation team said: “This was a well organised operation by both the Metropolitan and Sussex Police forces.
“It is a great example of two forces working together and a further example of the good work that continues within Brighton to demonstrate that drug dealing will not be tolerated and that those at the higher levels of such operations will be caught and will rightly receive high custodial sentences.”