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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-16-09

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Gang jailed over conspiracy to supply controlled drugs

A gang who brought misery to the streets of Merseyside and further afield, through a conspiracy to supply Class A controlled drugs, on Tuesday, 12 September 2017, been jailed for more than 135 years. A total of 21 people appeared at Liverpool Crown Court for sentencing following a 16 month Merseyside Police operation targeting the supply of controlled drugs in:- Anfield, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and Devon and Cornwall. During the course of the operation over 100 people were arrested and 12kg of high quality Class A drugs were recovered together with a quantity of firearms and ammunition, cash and stolen vehicles.

The following all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs:-

Francis Fearon, 30, was jailed for 11 years and 4 months.

► Steven Harrison, 28, was jailed for 11 years and 4 months.

► Jamie Jarvis, 29, was jailed for 11 years and 4 months.

► Edward Murphy, 26, was jailed for 11 years and 4 months.

► Jamie Gray, 28, was jailed for 6 years 8 months.

► Mark Forster, 30, was jailed for 6 years 8 months.

► Steven Gandy, 31, was jailed for 6 years.

► Lewis Aspinwall, 22, was jailed for 6 years.

► Walter Corran, 24, was jailed for 6 years 8 months.

► Liam Dickinson, 34, was jailed for 6 years 8 months.

► John Mangan, 31, was jailed for 8 years 8 months.

► William Summerill, 26, was jailed for 7 years and 8 months.

► James Tyrell, 25, was jailed for 6 years and 8 months.

► Francis Usher, 29, was jailed for 6 years.

► Eddie Hamilton, 36, was jailed for 5 years.

► Callum Armitage, 19, was jailed for 4 years.

► A 16 year old male was given a 12 month referral order.

​► A 16 year old male was given a youth rehabilitation order, a 3 month curfew and 6 month referral order.

► Rikki Doran, 30, was jailed for 5 years.

► Ataf Ali, 26, from Bradford, was jailed for 6 years.

► Abaid Jamil, 29, from Bradford, was jailed for 4 years and 9 months.

Detective Superintendent Lee Turner said:- "This operation was put into place after members of the public raised concerns about drug dealing in their community. Organised crime groups like this, who deal in the wholesale supply and distribution of controlled drugs, don't care about the impact that supply of drugs has in their neighbourhoods. These individuals expanded their criminal enterprise by setting up a drug supply network in:- Lancashire, Devon and Cornwall, North Wales and Manchester. But I would like to reassure the decent members of our communities that Merseyside Police is committed to tackling the supply of drugs and we will continue to proactively tackle criminal gangs who think nothing of flooding the streets with dangerous drugs in order to profit from other people's misery. When we receive information about drug related crime and gun crime we will act. In relation to drug dealing, we often have to carry out an extensive operation, which can take some months, to gather evidence to ensure that when we get those involved to court the only option available is a prison sentence. This was a very thorough investigation by a committed team of detectives over a considerable period of time. It is a reflection of their hard work and commitment, and the strength of the evidence in this case, that the defendants all pleaded guilty and time and money was not wasted on a trial."

Detective Superintendent Lee Turner added:- "I would like to take this opportunity to thank the detectives involved in investigating this complex and far reaching drugs conspiracy and prosecuting barrister Henry Riding and the Crown Prosecution Service for all their hard work in bringing this case to a successful conclusion. We will continue to take action but we cannot do this without the supPort of the public. We rely on our communities to tell us when there are criminal issues in their area so that we can take positive action and protect our communities. Any information supplied to us in relation to serious and organised crime will be acted upon."

Anyone with information about those involved in serious and organised crime, including the supply of controlled drugs and use
of firearms, can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.

Throughout the course of the investigation the following results have been achieved to date:-

► 102 arrests.

► 93 searches.

► The recovery of 12kg of high purity Class A drugs.

► Several kilos of Class B drugs.

► The recovery of 6 viable firearms and ammunition.

► Gang jailed over conspiracy to supply controlled drugs.

► Cash seizures of over ₤50K and the recovery of 3 stolen vehicles.


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