14 people charged with large scale drugs offences
An organised crime gang consisted of 13 men and one woman all from West Mercia have been arrested and charged with a number of drugs offences and will be appearing before Birmingham Crown Court on Friday 18 May.
David Rouse, Senior Crown Prosecutor from the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service Complex Casework Unit, said: "Following a very detailed investigation into the activities of an organised criminal gang by West Mercia Police lasting almost a year, and which included seizures of large quantities of controlled drugs as well as detailed monitoring of their activities and discussions, I have authorised the police to charge 14 people with offences of conspiracy to supply heroin, crack cocaine, cocaine and cannabis.
"Scott Dodd, Jonathan Rochford, Kenneth Preston and Andrew Morgan have all been charged with conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine as well as conspiracy to supply cannabis
"David Maloney, Ross Myatt, Ross Stevens, Gordon Smith and James Stubbings have all been charged with conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine.
"Steven Carless has been charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine and cannabis.
"Richard Maddock has been charged with conspiracy to supply heroin.
"Deborah Thompson (who also gives a surname of Northwood), Andrew Evans and Thomas Price have all been charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine.
"This decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and all appeared before Birmingham Magistrates' court on Friday 11 May."
The 14 individuals were remanded to appear before Birmingham Crown Court for preliminary hearing on Friday 18 May at which hearing a timetable for service of the Crown's case papers and a date for the Plea and Case Management Hearing will be set.