Four charged with cocaine conspiracy in South East & Midlands

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FOUR men were due to appear in custody at courts in Kent, Surrey and Nottinghamshire today (Monday, April 29), charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine.

The charges follow an investigation by officers from the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU), assisted by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), into the alleged importation of class-A drugs into the UK from the Netherlands.

The four men were arrested in Kent, Surrey and Derbyshire in a co-ordinated operation on Friday (April 26).

A fifth man, aged 31, who was arrested in Derbyshire on suspicion of the same offence, was released on police bail until June 27 while enquiries continue.

Percy Draper-Smith, 36, of Chertsey Lane, Staines, will appear at Guildford Magistrates’ Court.

Adam Vohra, 30, of Welland Road, Hilton, Derbyshire, will appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.

Nick Aliston, 44, of Simmons Road, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, and Wayne Long, 43, of Lichfield Close, Mansfield, Notts, will appear at Maidstone Magistrates’ Court.

SEROCU, which is based in Sussex, comprises police officers and staff from the forces of Kent, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, and Thames Valley, and works in conjunction with UK Border enforcement teams, HMRC and SOCA, to combat cross-border organised crime.