Eight men who used the car park of Squires Garden Centre in Windsor, Berkshire, for multi-million pound class A drugs deals have been jailed for a total of 59 years after a large-scale police drugs swoop.
Staff at Squires had become suspicious after spotting the gang in the car park on three occasions, and informed police. Surveillance officers staked out the car park in January this year and observed perpetrator Vincent Hayward, 41, exchange bagged items with Stephen Humphries near the garden centre cafe.
After following Hayward, officers also witnessed him stashing the items in a lock-up facility before returning to the garden centre for another exchange. Central Task officers then swooped in on the deal, catching up with Hayward at his home with nearly £200,000 in cash and a vast quantity of cocaine.
In total more than £2.2m worth of cocaine was discovered as part of the drugs bust, including 1kg of pure cocaine, a drugs mixing station, nearly £300,000 in cash, MDMA (ecstasy) pills and a money counting machine. Mr Hayward, from Maidenhead, was jailed for nine years for conspiracy to supply cocaine, while Mr Humphries received six years for the same offence.
Six others were also jailed for conspiracy to supply cocaine, including Rodney Goodyer, whose Reading home was revealed to contain a cocaine mixing station. It was Mr Goodyer's job to bring the cocaine to the garden centre premises for the middle men to pick up.