Ringleader of north Derbyshire drug dealing gang found guilty

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The ringleader of north Derbyshire drug dealing gang has been found guilty of a string of offences.

Neil Ogden, aged 45, was found guilty of 13 charges after a seven week trial.

A police investigation into Ogden’s activities began in 2012 when he was suspected of money laundering offences.

Officers realised he was living an affluent lifestyle without any obvious means of funding it.

Checks revealed he was not claiming any benefits and had no declared income.

Ogden was initially arrested on suspicion of being concerned in prostitution for gain.

Later investigations found no link to prostitution but when Ogden’s home in Belmont Park, Holymoorside, Chesterfield, was searched officers discovered more than £20,000, a cash counting machine, drugs and seven mobile phones.

As the investigation widened officers discovered that Ogden had links to people in Chesterfield, New Mills, Buxton, Bakewell, Wirksworth, Alfreton, Ripley, Sutton-in-Ashfield and Nottingham, all of whom had previous convictions for drug offences.

A memory card found in his house contained a drug dealer list, setting out drugs supplied and money owing.

Ogden was found guilty of possession with intent to supply diazepam, conspiring to supply amphetamine, and 11 counts of conspiring to conceal or convert criminal property to the value of more than £1.8 million.

He is to be sentenced at a later date.