Issued on 4/12/18 at 11:34 a.m.
Following an intelligence-led police operation in Leicester, a man involved in serious organised crime, has been sentenced to a total of six years in jail.
Luca Bullock, 30, of Narborough Road South, appeared at Leicester Crown Court yesterday (3 December) where he pleaded guilty to the charges of two counts of concealing criminal property.
He had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery, Section 20 grievous bodily harm (GBH) and conspiracy to supply Class B drugs at an earlier hearing.
In April 2017, officers from East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) launched an investigation into Bullock and a number of other men from Leicester and Coventry, who were suspected of being involved in serious organised crime.
As a result of the intelligence, Bullock was arrested on 25 April, along with fellow gang members, after officers stopped a Toyota Previa in Bede Street, Leicester.
A search of the car revealed a bag containing cable ties, handcuffs and face masks.
A second vehicle, linked to one of the gang, and parked nearby was also searched. Inside the car officers recovered more cable ties and a dog lead. Officers believed the men intended to use the items in a plot to extort money and drugs from rival gang members.
Three days earlier, Bullock had assaulted a man who he believed had burgled his home. The victim sustained an injury to his head which required hospital treatment.
In June 2017, officers searched an address in Narborough Road that was being used as a safe house. Inside the property, police found a quantity of Class A and B drugs.
The following month, Bullock’s address in Narborough Road South was searched and officers recovered a quantity of designer handbags, believed to have been stolen in a ram-raid at a store in Milton Keynes on 11 July. As the investigaton into Bullock’s criminality continued, it became apparent that the sum of £16,000 received by criminal means had been laundered through his partner’s bank account.
EMSOU Detective Inspector Lee Hunt, investigated the case, he said: “I am pleased that Bullock pleaded guilty to the charges yesterday.
“Bullock was one of a group of ten men involved in serious organised crime and this result is good news for all those involved in the investigation and also the general public.
“As a result of the intelligence received, and the diligence of the investigation team, another prolific criminal is behind bars.
“The gang’s intention was to commit serious crime in our communities and I hope that this outcome serves as a warning to anyone that their actions will not be tolerated. You will be investigated and you will be brought to justice.”
The other members of the gang were sentenced in November.