Five years for her part in three counties drugs operation

23/01/2023

“any involvement in drug supply is a serious offence, and she has now been sentenced accordingly”

A Banbury woman has been sent to prison for five years for conspiring to supply cocaine in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Wiltshire.   Sophie Plowman, aged 28, had been found guilty at Oxford Crown Court on September 29 last year.

Plowman is formerly of Songthrush Road in Banbury.

Her conviction was in connection with Operation Sedate – a significant investigation into an organised crime group.

Six others have previously been sentenced.    

Plowman was arrested after encrypted messages from members of the organised crime group were intercepted. This led investigators to drugs, which had been collected by other members of the group. being stored at her house.   Following the execution of warrants in May 2021, more than 2.8kg of cocaine and 18.3 grams of crack cocaine were recovered, along with cash totalling more than £158,000 at Plowman’s home in Songthrush Road.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Gavin Toney, of the Serious Organised Crime Unit, said: “Sophie Plowman may have played a lesser role than other members of this [organised crime group], but any involvement in drug supply is a serious offence, and she has now been sentenced accordingly.

“Those convicted brought large quantities of class A drugs into the Thames Valley.

“We will never tolerate this, and we will proactively and robustly pursue and prosecute offenders, and our activity will be both visible and covert to ensure that the harm brought into our communities by organised crime groups is removed.”


Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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