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20 September 16

Key Forensic Services provide crucial Drug Analysis in National Crime Agency Conviction

The National Crime Agency secured the conviction of three individuals in Manchester with the intent to supply Class A drugs after drug analysis evidence supplied by Key Forensic Services.

Two cousins and their accomplice were recently sentenced to a total of 30 years in prison after police discovered a large haul of Class A drugs during the search of a car and two properties.

In October 2015, Liam Duffy and David Hazelhurst were stopped by police who discovered a concealment of 2 kilos of cocaine and 2 kilos of caffeine and paracetamol which are used as mixing agents.

After the two individuals were arrested, police carried out a search at Hazelhurst’s flat where a further quantity of drugs were found including 1 kilo of cocaine, heroin and 36,000 ecstasy tablets. Drug Analysis

Duffy had visited his cousin, James Delaney, before his arrest which led to a further search and discovery by police. Nine kilos of cocaine were found at the property.

Officers investigating the case value the total haul of drugs to have a value of £650,000.  

Key Forensic Services were able to analyse all of the substances found by the police and provide conclusive evidence to establish what the substances were.

The National Crime Agency was able to present this information to the court resulting in the three defendants pleading guilty to the charges, and sentences totalling 30 years in prison. 

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