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Crack cocaine factory found in a Nottinghamshire garage

A drug dealer has been put behind bars after a laboratory-producing crack cocaine was discovered in a Nottinghamshire garage.

Police raided a home in Lily Lane, Newark, in May 2021 after UK Border Force officers intercepted five parcels containing Class A drugs which were addressed to the property.

Officers were confronted with a huge haul of drugs when they forced open the doors and searched the property, including cocaine with a street value of £12,000, a kilogram of cannabis, MDMA and amphetamines.

In an external garage, officers found laboratory equipment including glass beakers, a magnetic stirrer, deal bags and a machine to package the drugs.

It is believed the laboratory was being used to produce cocaine and other drugs.

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Evidence on mobile phones found in the raid led detectives to the door of Mahtar Sohna – with a further warrant being executed at his home in Blyton Walk, Bestwood, Nottingham.

Here police found further amounts of cocaine and cannabis as well as drug dealing equipment.

Evidence found on Sohna’s mobile phone revealed his involvement in the production, manufacture and sale of Class A drugs.

Sohna, aged 50, of Blyton Walk, was jailed for a total of six years when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing on Wednesday (13 December).

He had previously pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, ketamine, cannabis and diazepam.

Detective Constable Lauren Carpenter, of Nottinghamshire Police, said:

“Sohna was very heavily involved in the wholesale supply of a range of illicit drugs.

“Experienced neighbourhood officers were shocked by the volume of drugs they found in the initial raid in Newark, as well as by the sophisticated laboratory which had been set up.

“Following the evidence found in the raid, we were able to prove Sohna’s involvement in this criminal enterprise.

“The evidence extracted from mobile phones, involving many hours of painstaking detective work, was crucial in cracking the case and bringing him to justice.

“Class A drugs continue to destroy lives and cause immeasurable harm in our communities.

“It is always a good result when we can take drugs off the streets and put drugs factories like this out of use.

“Criminals like Sohna make their profits from the misery of vulnerable addicts, so I am pleased he has been put behind bars for a significant period of time.”

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