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Wanted drug conspirator Darren Henderson sentenced to extra time in jail after going on the run

News   •   Aug 30, 2019 12:25 BST

A West Yorkshire man who went on the run from the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (NWROCU) has been sentenced to extra time in jail at Preston Crown Court today, Friday 30 August.

52-year-old Darren Henderson of Monkswood Bank, Leeds, West Yorkshire was originally sentenced to seven years in prison in his absence on Monday 12 August after being found guilty of conspiracy to produce Class B amphetamines following a trial last month.

He failed to appear for sentencing and his image was issued across the country, as a result of which Henderson handed himself in.

Today, he was given an additional 28 weeks in prison, to be served consecutively to the seven year drug sentence.

Detective Inspector Jason Pye said: "Criminals who try to evade the wheels of justice will only end up with more time in prison to contemplate their actions. We welcome the robust extra sentence handed to Henderson today. If you waste our time, the courts will waste yours."

A further 10 men and one women were last month sentenced to a total of 61 years and nine months in prison following two linked operations into the large-scale production of amphetamines.

Working alongside the National Crime Agency (NCA), the investigation centred around the creation of two illicit drug laboratories by criminals operating across the north of England.
Full details of the case can be found here: