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Gedling police team praised for role in investigation into conspiracy to smuggle drugs into Notts prison


A Gedling police team have been praised for their involvement in an investigation into an alleged conspiracy to smuggle drugs into a Nottinghamshire prison.

Four warrants were executed by Gedling’s Operation Reacher team on August 11, in the Bestwood, Top Valley, Strelley and Aspley areas, resulting in four arrests.

A further two warrants were carried out at addresses in Bestwood and Bulwell on 15 September, resulting in two further arrests.

The warrants were carried out thanks to a joined-up Nottinghamshire Police approach and good teamwork involving Gedling’s Operation Reacher team, County CID, Tactical Support Group officers and the City Neighbourhood Team all working together.

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PICTURED: Operation Reacher officers carrying out a warrant at a property earlier in the year (PHOTO: Notts Police)

The investigation, under the banner of Operation Oregon, relates to an alleged conspiracy to supply drugs into HMP Ranby.

Shane Smith, 34, of HMP Moorland, Doncaster, is charged with causing someone to convey an article A item into prison. He appeared in court on 2 December and was remanded in custody and is next due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 7 January 2021.

Carla Fitzgerald, 27, of Basford Road, Basford, is charged with conveying an article A item into prison. She is due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 4 January 2021.

Detective Inspector Kim Binns said: “This has been a complex investigation with different departments across the force working together. I’m pleased that as a result of some really good work we’ve now been able to secure charges in relation to this ongoing investigation.

“I’d also like to commend the Gedling Operation Reacher team and their CID colleagues for their excellent work which has helped in building the case.”

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