North Wales drugs gang sentenced to over 130 years

01/03/2012

A gang of 23 drug dealers responsible for the supply of Class A drugs across North Wales have received sentences totalling over 130 years' imprisonment at Caernarfon Crown Court.

The sentences mark the end of one of the largest drugs investigation and prosecution cases in Wales in recent years. The 23 defendants, who had all pleaded guilty at earlier hearings, were part of a gang involved in the supply of a number of Class A drugs including heroin and cocaine. During the investigation, police seized heroin with a value of some £400,000 and cocaine worth around £40,000. 

Speaking after the sentences were announced, Suzanne Thomas, Senior Crown Prosecutor in CPS Cymru-Wales' Complex Casework Unit, said:

"Organised drug gangs bring misery to communities up and down Wales. Their activities not only ruin lives but also encourage other types of criminality. We are therefore pleased that this particular group has been brought to justice.

"This is one of the largest drug-related cases we have dealt with in recent years and the sheer scale of the criminality involved is enormous. The investigation and prosecution of these offences was therefore an extremely complex operation and involved close partnership working between ourselves and the police. North Wales Police deserve tremendous credit for the meticulous and thorough manner in which they led the original investigation into this gang.

"We hope that these sentences will serve to deter those who think they can blight our communities by peddling illegal drugs. The message is clear - if you continue to deal drugs then we will do everything in our power to make sure you face the consequences of your actions."