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Men sentenced to a total of 38 years for drugs and firearms offences

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Two men were sentenced to a total of 38 years in prison after being found guilty of drug trafficking and firearms offences.

Kelly Bond, 53, formerly of Lopham Road in Kenninghall, was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment at Norwich Crown Court yesterday for firearms offences and possession with intent to supply in May 2020 after being convicted at the court on February 28.

The other man, Darren James, 48, formerly of Norwich Street in Dereham, was sentenced to 22 years imprisonment.

Kelly Bond Pictures: Norfolk Police
Kelly Bond Pictures: Norfolk Police

The court heard that on May 12 last year the pair were arrested in Dereham during the early hours and following a search of their vehicle a loaded handgun with ammunition and an amount of cocaine was found.

Searches by officers were then carried out at an address in Kenninghall and two more packages of cocaine were seized.

Further enquiries showed the two men had travelled around the country and coordinated the purchase, supply and distribution of significant quantities of class A and class B drugs.

Darren James. Pictures: Norfolk Police
Darren James. Pictures: Norfolk Police

DS Eddie Hammond from the Norfolk and Suffolk Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said: "We are pleased with the significant sentences handed to Mr Bond and Mr James, who used encrypted devices to arrange the wholesale purchase and distribution of significant quantities of controlled drugs."

"Darren James and Kelly Bond have previous convictions for firearms offences and refused to answer any questions put to them whilst in police custody. Only they know what their intention was by having that firearm in their possession.

"The sentences handed down by the court reflect the seriousness of their offending. The hard work and tenacity of the investigation team in this case is indicative of our commitment to bringing those involved in organised crime to justice which in turn makes Norfolk and Suffolk safer places to live.”

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