Richard Jory KC and Warwick Tatford

Conviction in Large Scale Drugs Conspiracy

Richard Jory QC and Warwick Tatford, instructed by Richard Link of the CPS South East Complex Case Unit on behalf of the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit, prosecuted the case of Mark Hobbs who, after a seven week trial at Guildford Crown Court, was found guilty on 24 May of being concerned in a conspiracy to supply cocaine. Hobbs was part of an Organised Crime Group which operated between Columbia, Spain and the UK. The case covered a two and a half year period of investigation, involving extensive cooperation with overseas agencies, surveillance, and the use of encrypted phone data gathered in Operation Venetic, the national investigation into Encrochat material. Hobbs, together with four other defendants who had previously pleaded guilty, will be sentenced at a later date.