Detectives involved in a complex investigation into the dealing and distribution of anabolic steroids have won high praise for their work.
Patrick Hyland from Vicarage Close, Great Saling, his estranged wife Hyacinth of Little Waltham, and Colin Lathbury, from the Isle of Man, were jailed for their parts in the drugs operation.
Three others each received supervision orders for the unlawful supply of controlled drugs.
The drugs case was uncovered during an investigation into the suspected murder of Paul Duckenfield, who was last seen dining at the Palm Trees restaurant, in Blake End, near Rayne.
Detective Inspector Martin Pasmore, who led the investigation, received an assistant chief constable’s certificate of merit this week for his contribution to the successful disruption, prosecution and imprisonment of the criminal group.
Also awarded were Detective Inspector Daniel Stoten, Detective Superintendent Tim Wills, Detective Constable Scott Mitchell and Detective Constable Stephen Eddy.
The presentation was made during an awards ceremony to honour the outstanding work of officers in the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.