Organised crime boss operated from North Sea Camp open prison in Lincolnshire
An organised crime boss continued to control his group's criminal activity in Stoke-on-Trent while serving the latter part of a seven-year drugs sentence in Lincolnshire.
In total, eleven people have been jailed for 40 years at Stafford Crown Court on October 11 and 12, for their part in the supply of Class-A drugs and money laundering.
Damien Miller, 31, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine.
He used his rehabilitation at North Sea Camp open prison near Boston, as a cover for controlling gang members and organising them to supply drugs on his behalf.
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On a daily basis, Miller left the prison to carry out employment in the area but police quickly established the true nature of his activities.
Miller was building a comfortable life in Lincolnshire and benefiting from the profits of supplying drugs, accessing other people's bank accounts to move money from Stoke-on-Trent to Lincolnshire.
Lincolnshire Police, Staffordshire Police and the team at North Sea Camp all worked together to bring the crime group to justice.
Police pieced together a series of events and evidence to link the group to one-another, including CCTV footage of Miller meeting his henchmen, John Phillips, at a pub in Nottingham.
John Phillips, 29, from Stoke-On-Trent was sentence to seven years and six months after pleading guilty to supply heroin and cocaine and conspire to money lander.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Clews, head of Staffordshire Police’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit said: "Building a case against Miller, Phillips and their associates took a considerable team effort involving several agencies and police departments.
“However, the trafficking of Class A drugs causes misery to numerous people, is inexorably linked to serious crime and can often have hidden impact on communities.
“Miller did not handle the drugs himself, but got other people to do his dirty work for him and as head of the group, he was controlling everyone, and everything, from a distance."
Governor of North Sea Camp, Graham Batchford said: "HMP North Sea Camp is not complacent about prisoners who breach their licence conditions.
This outcome is proof that we will take every measure possible, including working closely with the police, to ensure that those who fall foul of the terms of their temporary release are swiftly brought to justice."
Two other offenders were also based in Lincolnshire.
Darina Garkavaya, aged 24, of Princes Street, Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire, pleaded guilty to money laundering.
She received a 10-month prison sentence, suspended for 12-months, and 150 hours unpaid work.
Otis Fox, aged 22, a serving prisoner, admitted conspiracy to supply heroin and the possession of criminal property.
He denied conspiracy to supply cocaine and went to prison for three years and three months.