Pembrokeshire drug gang sentenced

17/09/2010

Members of a drugs gang involved in the supply of controlled substances throughout Pembrokeshire were sentenced at Swansea Crown Court today, having previously been found guilty of drugs offences.

At today's hearing, the following custodial sentences were handed out:

Stephen Richard Morris - six years
Michael Jackson Barnes - five years
Alan Peter Lewis - four and a half years
Michael Orford - four and a half years
Dane Royston Gosling - four and a half years
Christopher James Morrissey - 12 months
Peter Williams - 18 months
Ceri Michael Smith - 18 months

The case attracted attention as several of the defendants are members of the West Wales chapter of the Outlaws motorcycle group. The investigations in Dyfed Powys followed a number of similar cases involving the North Wales chapter of the organisation.

The Crown Prosecution Service announced its intention to apply for Serious Crime Prevention Orders (SCPOs) in relation to those convicted. SCPOs are intended for use against those involved in serious crime and the purpose of their terms is to protect the public by preventing, restricting or disrupting involvement in serious crime.

Speaking after the sentencing Iwan Jenkins, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Dyfed Powys, said: 

"We are pleased that this criminal group has been brought to justice.  Organised criminals who deal in drugs should expect to be caught and to be prosecuted vigorously.

"This case involved an extremely complex and prolonged investigation led by Dyfed Powys Police, followed by a detailed and comprehensive prosecution led by the CPS. Staff from the two organisations worked in close partnership throughout in order to bring this case to a successful conclusion.

"We will not tolerate those who bring misery to our neighbourhoods by engaging in criminality and we will continue to do everything in our power to ensure that offenders are made to face the consequences of their actions."