Three jailed in cocaine conspiracy


Three men have been sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court for conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Alistar Brady-Jacobs, 27 years of Greenock Mews, Widnes, was sentenced to 8 years six months, Neil Cannon, 30 years of Larne Court, Widnes, to five years four months and Steven Woods, 36 years, of Westminster Avenue, Bootle, to five years.
Cannon pleaded guilty to the offence and Brady-Jacobs and Woods were found guilty following a trial. The jury took just 20 minutes to find the men guilty.

The court heard that the gang's drug dealing was discovered following a raid at a house in Leicester Street in Liverpool, where it's thought the high purity cocaine was diluted with benzocaine to maximise the amount they could make from selling it.

The court heard that Cannon and Brady-Jacobs had bought a quarter of a kilo of cocaine from a third party. Woods part in the conspiracy was to mix the cocaine with another substance and then store it at the house in Leicester Street.

The prosecution case was based around CCTV footage of Cannon buying the drugs and then returning to his vehicle where Brady-Jacobs was waiting for him. Text messages on Brady-Jones's phone also revealed his part in the transaction. The two were to take the drugs back to Widnes with intent to dilute and then supply them.

Senior Crown Prosecutor with Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service's Complex Casework Unit, Pascale Jones, worked on the case from the beginning.

She said: "The case presented by the defence in this trial left the jury unconvinced to the extent that it took them just 20 minutes to return guilty verdicts.

"The drugs sold to Brady-Jacobs and Cannon consisted of  248g of high purity cocaine that they no doubt planned to dilute further  to maximise their profits.

"Stephen Woods initially tried to keep his girlfriend out of the case and then changed his mind and blamed her for  storing a safe which contained cash and drugs paraphernalia. The jury were not persuaded.

"Woods had been convicted in the Netherlands for transporting cocaine and the Dutch authorities helpfully supplied us with the judgement from that case which we included as evidence of his bad character. His sentence was increased by 6 months because of this.

"The Crown Prosecution Service welcomes these substantial sentences."