Organised crime group jailed over drugs conspiracy

Committed criminals caught supplying cocaine in wholesale quantities have been jailed alongside two of their customers following an investigation by the Essex Police Serious Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).

Those involved in the conspiracy have been handed prison terms totalling almost 30 years.

They were headed up by Vlad Filin, 27, of The Bringey, Great Baddow, who was responsible for operating the group’s drug line phone, sourcing cocaine in bulk and liaising with customers.

The line ran from September 2022 to July 2023 and typically supplied the Class A drug in ounce-sized quantities.

Filin purchased in bulk, before enlisting associates Ryan Connor and Alfie Fieldson to distribute the drugs to customers.

Fieldson, 30, was largely responsible for the storage of cocaine and its onward supply from his base in Rothmans Avenue, Great Baddow.

Connor, 28, of St Michaels Walk, Chelmsford, was responsible for the delivery of cocaine across north Essex to both wholesale and personal customers.

Enquiries established Damon Wager and Henry Davis, 27, of Cromwell Road, Colchester, were customers of Filin’s illicit business.

Wager and Davis, cocaine suppliers in their own right, operated from their home addresses in Witham and Colchester respectively.

Wager was seen to stop near Fieldson’s home address on five separate occasions in 15 days.

Following the final visit, after an exchange was observed between the pair, Wager was stopped in his Range Rover on the A12 and filmed on body worn video discarding drugs from the window of his vehicle.

Drugs seizure as Damon Wager is stopped by police on the A12

Officers recovered the drugs – found to be 26g of cocaine – nearby.

Coordinated strikes were carrieed out at addresses linked to Filin, Connor, Fieldson and Wager in Chelmsford and Witham with police making arrests and seizing cocaine, cannabis and large sums of cash.

All four were charged with and admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Davis was arrested at an address in Colchester in August last year.

Material recovered during the investigation established he had contacted Filin to enquire about the availability and price of cocaine on offer.

Appearing at Chelmsford Crown Court on February 15, Davis was sentenced to three years and four months’ imprisonment.

At the same court on Thursday April 11, Filin was jailed for seven years and six months. Connor, Fieldson and Wager were each jailed for six years.

Detective Inspector Frazer Low, of SOCU, said: “The lengthy sentences passed down in this case reflect the serious nature of this offending.
“Those involved were committed to making significant financial gain from the sale of Class A drugs.”