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Source: United Kingdom Thames Valley Police

Following a Thames Valley Police investigation, two men have been sentenced for drug offences in Ascot.

David Baker, aged 62, of Park Drive Ascot was sentenced to a total of nine years and four months’ imprisonment on Monday (6/1) at Reading Crown Court.

He pleaded guilty at a previous hearing on 7 October 2019 to one count of conspiracy to supply a controlled drug of class A, namely cocaine, and one count of conceal/disguise/covert/transfer/remove criminal property.

Baker also received a Serious Crime Prevention Order lasting for five years which will commence on his release from prison.

Mark Haime, aged 48, of North Street, Winkfield was sentenced to a total of four years and eight months’ imprisonment on Monday (6/1).

He pleaded guilty at a previous hearing on 7 October 2019 to one count of conspiracy to supply a controlled drug of class A, namely cocaine, and one count of acquire/use/possess criminal property.

The sentences are in relation to a warrant that was executed at a property in Bagshot Road, Ascot on 11 July 2019 during which a large quantity of drugs and cash were seized.

Baker and Haime were arrested on the same day and charged on 13 July 2019.

Investigating officer, Detective Inspector Alexandra Horne said: “This case is an incredible example of a successful collaborative effort undertaken by multiple teams from Thames Valley Police. 

“The investigation was led and managed by Windsor and Maidenhead Area CID who have all worked tirelessly to secure this positive result. 

“Thames Valley Police is committed to the identification, disruption and prosecution of organised crime groups who are causing serious harm to the public.

“We are determined to identify and seize all assets and property purchased with the proceeds of this enterprise so that these individuals do not continue to benefit from the profits of these illegal activities.

“Thames Valley Police’s new campaign True Costs is highlighting and exploring the devastating harm of drug use on our communities.

“The effects of the drugs market are significant and far reaching.

“If you are concerned about drug-related crime in your area or think someone may be a victim of drug exploitation, please call us on 101 or 999 in an emergency. You can also report online or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

“More information about the True Costs campaign can be found online at https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/police-forces/thames-valley-police/areas/c/true-costs/

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