Four men plead guilty to large scale operation to supply heroin

Four men have pleaded guilty to their part in a large-scale operation to supply heroin in Leicester and Lincolnshire.

The men, including one from Leicester and three from Lincolnshire, were arrested late last year following an investigation by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit.

Keith Garner, of Aylestone, Leicester, along with the other three men, Giles Smith, Ian Tolley and Neil Tolley, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply heroin at Leicester Crown Court.

Police have also revealed details of their operation and how the men were arrested.

Garner met Smith in the car park of a fast food restaurant to carry out an exchange in October 2016. After the exchange Garner left, with Smith staying behind.

Smith was then met by Neil and Ian Tolley and the three of them travelled to another fast food restaurant. Smith then gave Neil Tolley a bag from his boot.

The three men then left the restaurant in convoy, before being stopped by police officers. Neil Tolley tried to evade arrest, driving his Ford Focus onto the pavement and attempting to make off from officers.

The bag recovered from the car was found to be 1/4 kg of heroin at 61% purity, with an estimated street value of £37,500.

Garner was arrested the following month after being stopped by officers in Aylestone Road, Leicester, and was found to have £35,000 in cash with him.

Investigator Matt Ridley, who led the investigation, said:

“This was a thorough investigation leading up to the arrest of the defendants. With so much evidence against them, I’m pleased the outcome is a positive one.”

All four will be sentenced on Thursday 18 May at Leicester Crown Court.