Dagenham man jailed for trading in stolen vehicles and drugs
PUBLISHED: 18:06 18 February 2016 | UPDATED: 18:26 18 February 2016
A man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for using his vehicle repair business as a cover to trade in stolen vehicles and drugs.
Mark Hartley, 48, of Cornwallis Road, Dagenham, was jailed at Snaresbrook Crown Court today after pleading guilty to two counts of posession of criminal property and two counts of possession with intent to supply class B drugs.
He was sentenced to four years in jail for possession of 37 stolen vehicles, 18 months for having £25,000 of stolen cash, 12 months for possession of 850g amphetamine sulphate and six months for the possession of cannabis.
The judge ordered the sentences to run consecutively, resulting in a total of seven years’ imprisonment.
Hartley ran a vehicle repair business trading under the name P&M Motors from a garage unit specialised in repairing Ford vehicles and was trading them from an estate in Lamb’s Lane, Rainham, for many years.
When officers from the organised and vehicle crime unit executed two search warrants on September 30 last year they found three recently-stolen Ford motor vehicles with false number plates on the driveway of Hartley’s property and several more stolen and stripped Ford vehicles in the garage.
They also found CCTV footage showing Hartley driving stolen vehicles with false number plates into his unit, with the cut-up parts being removed or disposed of the following day.
Det Insp Caroline Clooney, from the Met’s organised vehicle crime unit, said: “Because of the obvious popularity of Ford vehicles in the Dagenham area, Hartley was able to carry out his crimes with impunity.”
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