ILLEGAL AMPHETAMINES MEN JAILED FOR OVER 20 YEARS
criminal enterprise which hid an illegal amphetamines laboratory
inside a legitimate chemical company been sentenced to over 20 years
on 10 November 2005.
Although in its early
stages, the illicit production process was so sophisticated it had
the potential to make the criminal organisation one of the largest
amphetamine producers in the country. It never reached its
potential, which could have seen it produce over £1m of amphetamines
a week based on the estimated street value, thanks to a raid
on the Liverpool site over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend by the
National Crime Squad. Another illicit laboratory based at an
isolated farm in Southport was also discovered.
Today at Liverpool Crown Court, the following were sentenced after
pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply Class B controlled drugs:-
Briscoe-Stubbs, Date Of Birth 07/07/50, of Rullerton Road,
Wallasey, Merseyside. He was sentenced to 5 and a half years.
Tony Bodell, Date
Of Birth 30/08/55, of New Midge Hall Farm, Martin Mere, Southport.
He was sentenced to 5 and a half years.
Ian Kilner, Date
Of Birth 24/01/43, of Hatfield Road, Ainsdale, Southport. He was
sentenced to 3 and a half years.
Sanders, Date Of Birth 18/07/58, of Narrow Moss Lane,
Scarisbrick, was sentenced to 3 years after pleading guilty to
allowing his premises to be used for the manufacture of Class B
Another man, James Dalton, Date Of Birth 30/06/66, of Richard Kelly
Drive, West Derby, Liverpool, pleaded guilty to possession of Class
B controlled drugs with intent to supply and was sentenced to 4
years and 9 months.
The court heard how Sanders was the owner and manager of a chemical
manufacturing company called Sanchem in Kirkby, Liverpool, and that
Kilner, an industrial chemist, was legitimately employed there as a
The company possessed a specific license issued by chemical industry
regulators which allowed it to trade and deal in a number of
chemicals, which can be utilised as pre-cursor chemicals to
manufacture Class A and Class B synthetic drugs. Such a license
meant any movement of large quantities of such pre-cursors to
Sanchem would not attract any undue attention from regulators.
Under this license, Sanders ordered in the required pre-cursor
chemicals for the subsequent processing into controlled drugs: this
is where Bodell and Briscoe came in.
Bodell lived on an isolated farm in Southport and used the
outbuildings there to produce Benzyl Methyl Ketone (BMK), an
essential ingredient in the production of amphetamine sulphate.
Bodell would pick up pre-cursor chemicals - obtained by Sanders via
Sanchem - and produce BMK at his farm. The farm location was ideal,
as the production of BMK for making amphetamine produces a strong
unpleasant odour which would have been noticed had it been carried
out at Sanchem.
Bodell would then deliver the BMK to Sanchem, where Kilner and
Briscoe would treat it with several chemical processes to turn it
into amphetamine paste, using an illicit laboratory they had
established within the site. They would work inside this illicit
laboratory outside Sanchem's normal working hours.
Briscoe would then take the amphetamine paste to Bodell's cousin,
Dalton, for onward distribution.
On Good Friday, March 2005, Sanchem was closed for normal business.
Bodell, Kilner and Briscoe attended the site, the latter two seen
wearing protective clothing.
Bodell left mid morning to go home, but realising he was being
followed by police sped off. Despite the police vehicle having its
emergency lights and sirens on, Bodell refused to pull over and only
stopped when he grounded the sump of his car. He was arrested, and
the reason for his flight soon became apparent when 6 empty 5 gallon
containers were found in the rear of his car, along with a quantity
of sodium acetate, a pre-cursor chemical and key constituent in the
making of BMK. Examination of the residues in the six containers
revealed it to be BMK.
In a barn at Bodell's home a rudimentary but effective BMK
production laboratory was found. Inside were 1kg of phenyl acetic
acid (another necessary ingredient to make BMK), a further five
gallons of BMK and a pressure vessel used to 'cook' the BMK.
Following his arrest, officers arrested Kilner and Briscoe at
Sanchem, where a search by the National Crime Squad's Illicit
Laboratories Unit discovered an illicit laboratory containing all
the necessary equipment for producing illicit drugs.
Inside a pressure reaction vessel (a metal container used to heat
and mix chemicals in a pressurised environment) traces of M Formyl
Amphetamine were found. This chemical is one stage off full
amphetamine and cannot be used to produce anything other than this
illegal drug. Also recovered were 'recipes' for making controlled
The estimated wholesale value of pre-cursor chemicals and
amphetamine paste seized from both illicit laboratory sites was
approximately £225,000. However dependent on purity and when bulked
up with adulterant, they could have been in excess of £4.5 m.
Both Sanders and Dalton were arrested the next day.
Sanders at the police
cordon placed around the Sanchem site and Dalton at home. Found at
Dalton's home were a large quantity of 'cutting agent' and a sports
bag (hidden in a bedroom wardrobe) containing 25 packs of
amphetamine paste with an estimated street value of £125,000.
"The use of pressure vessels in making illicit drugs is highly
sophisticated and this is the first time that such a method of
production has been seen in this country. The group were
in the early stages of their amphetamine production business and had
not yet perfected the process. The use of pressure reaction vessels
in this way meant they had the potential to become one of the
largest producers of amphetamine in the country. The sentences
reflect the view taken by the court as to the seriousness of these
offences but also demonstrates our intention to maximise our efforts
to reduce the damaging and harmful effects on our communities
through early intervention to eradicate the root cause and source of
these problems. The cooperation and support of the Forensic
Science Service, Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Ambulance
services were critical to a successful outcome given that the
dangers of securing and dismantling the illicit laboratory were
increased due to the fact it was based in the middle of a chemical
manufacturing site on the Knowsley industrial complex." said
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Stirling of the National Crime Squad.
Liverpool Hosts Major European Conference
delegates from throughout Europe will be attending a major
conference in Liverpool next week to discuss urban regeneration.
The annual conference of URBACT will be held at St George's Hall on
November 14 and 15. It will bring together more than 250
regeneration professionals from 45 cities. They include elected
representatives, national and local administrators, civil servants
and community representatives,
URBACT is a major
European Commission initiative and is centered around 3 objectives;
developing exchanges of experience between cities, captialising on
lessons learned from those experiences and disseminating this
knowledge throughout European cities. It recognises that cities
play a central role in economic growth, employment and
competitiveness. But they are, at the same time, confronted with
serious problem including unemployment and poverty. To date,
197 partners are cooperating in the 17 thematic networks, working
groups, studies and training actions. 169 of those are cities, 43 in
the new member states.
The conference will
look at the
progress of work and focus on several key concerns that European
cities have identified in the URBACT thematic work, namely urban
regeneration, cities and young people, cities and immigrants, local
development and the role of inhabitants in urban management. The
conference will also highlight
the key role of cities as the drivers of regional economies and look
at innovative approaches developed by cities and their partners
using previous and current European programmes such as Objective I
and 2 and the URBAN programme.
the City Council's European team, is lead partner of one of the 17
city networks which make up the URBACT Programme- the
"Partners 4 Action" network which consists of 13 cities from
across the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Austria,
Portugal, Hungary, Cyprus, and Latvia. Cities like
Liverpool,Brussels, Porto, and Amsterdam are working together to
share and investigate how best to use Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs)
to deliver urban regeneration projects.
Speakers at the
conferences include Jean-Loup Drubigny, Director of the URBACT
secretariat, Bob Ledsome, of the ODPM, Councillor Mike Storey,
Leader of Liverpool City Council and Councillor Richard Leese,
Leader of Manchester City Council.
Delegates will also
have the opportunity to take part in a tour of Liverpool city centre
and to see examples of recent regeneration projects including the
Ropewalks area, the Paradise Project and schemes on the waterfront.
They will also be looking at the success of the Speke Garston area.
This former rundown industrial area has been totally transformed
with major new boulevards and public art, three new industrial and
commercial parks and conversion of historic listed buildings into 21st
Century work and leisure space.
Councillor Storey said:-
"Liverpool is aiming to be a premier European city so it is very
important that we share experiences with partners from throughout
the whole of the continent. We have an opportunity not only to
learn of their experiences of urban regeneration but to showcase the
successes we have had using European funding."
A reception for
conference delegates, hosted by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Alan
Dean, will be held in the World Museum on Tuesday 15 November.
Cream on Boxing Night @ Nation, Liverpool
Monday 26 December 2005
THE highs of the summer clubbing season are now well and
truly a distant memory, which means we creep nearer to those chilly
but festive months and of course Cream’s biggest night of the year
on Boxing night.
Nation is the place to be and the
Cream team once again have managed to pull together a stellar line
up guaranteed to blow them cobwebs away!
Heading up the Main Room
will be the awesome
Mauro Picotto, after a year long hiatus he jets in on private jet
from Belfast especially for the event! He will be joined by
Marco V who is still riding high from his knee
trembling and much talked about set at Creamfields, Liverpool legend
John Kelly is back by popular demand as are
rising stars Adam Sheridan and Cream Ibiza
Resident Gareth Wyn.
The Courtyard welcomes
former Cream resident and tribal darling
Steve Lawler back to the helm. Now a bastion of cutting edge
electronic, Lawler has become a tastemaker for the genre and we
expect the tribal masses to be out in full to welcome him with open
arms! In addition we are excited to announce that
Eric Prydz will be making his Cream debut on this
festive night, building his name as a world renowned DJ, we can
expect an eclectic set of full
on party house music! Another Cream debut will be coming from
breakthrough Swedish house jock
Steve Angello, a remarkable
talent that has recently graced the front cover of Mixmag, and is
fast garnering support from house music’s biggest superstars. As if
the line up couldn’t get any bigger, we are pleased to welcome Tim
Healey and Pete Martin aka
the hallowed walls of the Courtyard, this duo are currently lighting
up dance floors around the globe with their unique blend of house,
breaks and rocky electro. Their recent monster track ‘We
Interrupt This Program’ was one of the biggest tracks of the
Summer and following in the footsteps of Madonnas favourite DJ
Jaques Lu Cont the tune has recently been snapped up for the new
Citroen TV advert!
In addition, for this
very special night we have lured wanton tribalist
Matthew ‘Bushwacka’ B back who
will be performing in the infamous Annexe.
A definitive DJ and Producer and one half of renowned duo Layo &
Bushwacka, Matthew’s trademark melodic tech house sets are
electrifying and not to be missed! Joining him will be
Jon Carter, a man that needs no
introduction! Having rocked the Terrace at Cream Amnesia throughout
the Summer he’s back with an arsenal of jackin’ house music to get
your body rocking! The
Shapeshifters are also on board along with
Lee Ellis & Anthony Probyn.
House Music All Night Long!
This event is to be
broadcast live on Radio City. As always Cream Boxing Night is
expected to sell out. To avoid disappointment please purchase
advance tickets which are on sale now!
Square, (Off Slater Street), Liverpool, Merseyside.
10pm to 6am
Price:- £21.50 (NUS)
/ £26.50, more on the door, Last entry is 1am,
Strictly No Sportswear.
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