Drugs gang gets total of 152 in jail
A drugs gang which 'supplied suppliers' in three countries has been jailed for a total of 152 years at Liverpool Crown Court.
The gang had its base in Merseyside but distributed drugs, including heroin and cocaine, to contacts in England, Scotland and Wales. Organisation of the operation revolved around the defendants John Cooke, from Birkdale, and James Swarez, from Crosby.
Nick Evans, Crown Advocate from CPS Mersey-Cheshire, said: "This was a very sophisticated group which effectively ran a successful, nationwide business distributing and selling Class A drugs. Their main commodity however was misery as these drugs would end up on the streets of Britain, blighting the lives of dozens of communities."
Investigations into the gang began in 2011 into the activities of the group. They found that the usual routine was that organisers Cooke and Swarez would receive high purity substances from Paul McDonald, from Huyton, and Brian Harrison, from Speke.
John Wildman, from Kirkby, Cooke and Swarez's 'right hand man', negotiated deals with Cardiff-based drug dealer Jonathan Cromwell, James Beck, from Preston, and father and daughter Edward and Roseanne McCreadie and Gordon Smith, all from Glasgow.
Once the deals were done Cooke, Swarez and Wildman would then deploy couriers David Law, David Jolly and Brian Earley to deliver supplies to suppliers and collect payments.
"The sentences reflect the shocking level of criminality of this group. Their lifestyles show that they made huge amounts of money through their activities, but thought nothing of the terrible consequences of their sordid business."
John Cooke, aged 32, of Walmer Road, Birkdale, Merseyside - 17 years
James Swarez, aged 44, of Queens Road, Crosby, Merseyside - 17 years
John Wildman, aged 40, of Alans Way, Kirkby, Merseyside - nine years
Paul McDonald, aged 44, of Fernbank Road, Huyton, Merseyside - 15 years
Brian Harrison, aged 50, of Harefield Green, Speke, Merseyside - six years eight months
David Law, aged 53, of Sheldon Road, West Derby, Merseyside - 10 years eight months
Jonathon Earley, aged 46, of Crompton Street, Kirkdale, Merseyside - six years
David Jolly, aged 44, of Enfield Close, Chorley. Lancashire -12 years
James Beck, aged 47, of Ward Street, Lostock Hall, Preston, Lancashire -13 years
Jonathon Cromwell, aged 36, of Stanway Place, Cardiff, South Glamorgan - 12 years
Edward McCreadie, aged 54, Menteith Drive, Glasgow, Strathclyde - 12 years eight months
Roseann McCreadie, aged 32, of Dukes Road, Glasgow, Strathclyde -nine years
Gordon Smith, aged 49, of Menzies Drive, Glasgow, Strathclyde -12 years