Added on 31 October 2017 at 17:21
Two men have been jailed for money-laundering offences, following a national operation investigating drugs supply to the South West from London.
Leon Murray, aged 31, of Cowslip Crescent, Emersons Green and Milto Troka, aged 37, from Queens Avenue in London were jailed for a total of 66 months today (Tuesday) at Bristol Crown Court.
It follows an operation by the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (SW ROCU), working with the National Crime Agency and Metropolitan Police.
Officers from the SW ROCU arrested Murray and Troka at Emerson Green Retail Park on 15 May this year as part of Operation Paintrock.
They also seized £30,000 from Murray’s vehicle, believed to have been payment for controlled drugs from Murray to Troka, which was being collected on behalf of a London-based organised crime group.
They were charged the following day with money-laundering offences.
Officers then seized a large amount of designer goods and BMW car from Murray, with evidence linking Murray to a Bristol based organised crime group.
Forensic examination of the cash seized showed it had been in contact with diamorphine and cannabis drugs.
Examination of Troka’s Citroen Picasso revealed sophisticated concealment being located, which was capable of storing multiple kilos of drugs with a value of between £576,000 - £896,000, dependant on the drug type.
Murray and Troka admitted the money-laundering charges and today (Tuesday 31 October) were both handed jail sentences.
Troka was jailed for 40 months, while Murray received a 20-month jail sentence and was given a six month jail sentence (to be served concurrently) for possession of an article with a blade or point (contrary to Criminal Justice Act).
A confiscation order hearing has been fixed for 9 April next year.