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Nationwide Organised Crime Gang sentenced

|News, Drug offences , Violent crime

Eighteen members of a gang who ran a county lines drugs operation stretching from north Wales and Merseyside as far as Anglesey, Cornwall and Scotland have been sentenced to a total of nearly 147 years’ imprisonment, with individual sentences ranging from 4 to 21 years at Mold Crown Court.

The Merseyside-based operation facilitated the supply and distribution of heroin and cocaine mainly in the Deeside area, using their Liverpool and Manchester connections. Drugs valued in excess of £2 million were sold over a twenty-month period.

The case built by the CPS used ANPR and mobile phone data along with covert surveillance to piece together evidence showing the scope and sophistication of the criminal enterprise. This also showed that one of the gang, Lee Murray, was suspected of stealing money from the gang.

Lisa McCarthy of the CPS said: “As the evidence was examined, it became clear that the heads of the Organised Crime Group, Colin Jones and David Rawlings, were planning to cause really serious harm to Lee Murray, for what they described as “skimming” from the gang.

“There was an extensive amount of material to consider and link to individuals in order to build a picture of the criminal network showing both their drugs activity and their intention to commit a significant act of violence against one of the gang members.

“Drugs bring misery to communities not only from their abuse, but also from the levels of violence and further criminal offences that can be associated with the illegal trade, and we will continue to work with law enforcement agencies to bring those involved to justice.”

Building the case

Due to scale of the operation being investigated, the CPS were involved in advising the police from the outset of the investigation.

Lisa McCarthy said: “Because of the scale and complexity of these investigations, we worked closely with the team of officers from the outset, in order to build a strong case.

“We looked at what evidence needed to be gathered and the possible lines of enquiry the officers could take, so that opportunities to preserve evidence were pursued.

“The case took many months of careful examination and preparation to be able to present a robust case before the Court.”

Notes to editors

  • Lisa McCarthy is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the CPS Cymru-Wales Complex Casework Unit
  • Sentence took place over three days at Mold Crown Court.
  • On 9 September 2020:
    • Colin Jones (DOB: 19.04.1971) - convicted of GBH after trial, pleaded guilty to seven counts of drugs conspiracy charges. Total 21 years’ imprisonment.
    • Shaun Dooley (DOB: 03.03.1989) - pleaded guilty to four counts of conspiracy to supply drugs. Total nine years’ imprisonment.
    • Steve Dooley (DOB: 07.01.1987) - pleaded guilty to four counts of conspiracy to supply drugs. Total eight years’ imprisonment.
    • Edward White (DOB: 12.03.1959) - pleaded guilty to four counts of conspiracy to supply drugs. Total four years and six months’ imprisonment.
    • Jack Jones (DOB: 02.07.1992) - pleaded guilty to six counts of conspiracy to supply drugs charges. Total seven years and six months’ imprisonment.
    • Keith Furmage (DOB: 26.08.1970) - pleaded guilty to four counts of conspiracy to supply drugs. Total 10 years and six months’ imprisonment.
  • On 10 September 2020:
    • David Rawling (DOB: 19.04.1982) - pleaded guilty to eight counts of conspiracy to supply drugs charges, one count of conspiracy to cause GBH. Total 15 years and six months’ imprisonment.
    • Barry Roche (DOB: 16.06.1973) - pleaded guilty to four counts of conspiracy to supply drugs charges. Total nine years’ imprisonment.
    • Patricia Massingham (DOB: 22.01.1970) - pleaded guilty to seven counts of conspiracy to supply drugs charges. Total four years and six months’ imprisonment.
    • Richard Anderson (DOB: 11.05.1973) - pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to supply drugs. Total seven years’ imprisonment.
    • Anthony Fahy (DOB: 13.12.1991) - pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply drugs. Total six years and six months’ imprisonment.
  • On 11 September 2020:
    • Anthony Stagg (DOB: 20.06.1964) - pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply drugs. Total eight years and three months’ imprisonment.
      Leon Langford (DOB: 04.09.1976) - pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply drugs.  Total six years’ imprisonment.
      Lisa Tinson (DOB: 11.06.1975) - pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply drugs. Total six years and six months’ imprisonment.
      Tony Stagg (DOB: 02.10.1997) - pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply drugs. Total four years’ imprisonment.
      Lee Go aka Murray (DOB: 10.03.1986) - pleaded guilty to four conspiracy to supply drugs charges. Total 10 years’ imprisonment.
      Peter Powell (DOB: 22.07.1967) - pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply drugs. Total four years and six months’ imprisonment.
      James Hughes (DOB: 09.05.1981) - pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply drugs.  Total four years and six months’ imprisonment.

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