Two men have been sentenced to prison for drugs offences following a Thames Valley Police investigation.
Sven Van Philips, aged 28, of Apennijnenweg, Tilburg in the Netherlands, and Gairickson Rosalia, aged 30, of Jan van Galenstraat, Amsterdam in the Netherlands, were sentenced today (22/2) at Reading Crown Court.
Van Philips pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to supply class A drugs – cocaine, and was sentenced to a total of four years’ imprisonment. He was convicted of the offence on 8 May 2017 at the same court.
Rosalia was found guilty by a majority jury of one count of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs – cocaine, and was sentenced to a total of 12 years’ imprisonment. He was convicted of the offence on Monday (19/2) at the same court following a five day trial.
On 6 May 2017, officers attended an address in Wincanton Road, Reading, on an unrelated enquiry.
Van Philips and Rosalia were present at the address along with several packages of class A drugs.
A total of 48 packages were eventually recovered, containing a total of 438grams of cocaine.
They were charged with the offences on 7 May, 2017.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Julia Collins of the Reading Investigation Hub, said: “The sentences given reflect the serious nature of these offences, and the harm that could have been caused had these drugs found their way onto the streets of Reading.
“We are committed to tackling the issue of drugs supply in Reading and I would urge anyone with information about this type of offence to contact us on 101.”