Nineteen people imprisoned for county lines drugs conspiracy

|News, Drug offences , International and organised crime

A criminal network that organised the transportation of drugs from Merseyside into Powys has been sentenced to more than 100 years of imprisonment at Swansea Crown Court.

Substantial quantities of heroin and crack cocaine estimated to have a potential street value of over £1.1 million were brought from Liverpool to properties in Llandrindod Wells and Newtown where the drugs would then be dealt to users.

The gang used cars and the rail network to vary how the drugs were brought in to Powys, sometimes hiding the packages internally.  When a new shipment was arriving, they would “bulk text” drug users in the Powys area informing them what drugs were available to purchase. 

 A two year investigation by Dyfed Powys Police and other police forces, between August 2016 and August 2018, resulted in the twenty defendants pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply the drugs.    

Nicola Rees, of the CPS, said: “Bringing these criminals to justice was a major step in disrupting the flow of drugs into mid-Wales.

“These drugs can destroy families and have a huge detrimental impact on the community.”

“The CPS worked with law enforcement agencies from an early stage in the investigation providing advice to build a strong case against each of the individuals involved.”

Notes to editors

  • Nicola Rees is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the CPS Cymru-Wales Complex Casework Unit.
  • All defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply a controlled drug – Heroin and conspiracy to supply a controlled drug – crack cocaine between 22 August 2016 and 30 August 2018.
  • The defendants are:
  • Jack Ross (DOB:25/08/1997)
  • Nigel Barnett (DOB: 16/09/1975)
  • Merlin Bonner (DOB:22/03/1989)
  • David Brown (DOB:27/06/1984)
  • Anthony Butterworth (DOB:24/12/1966)
  • Anthony Byrne(DOB:17/12/1985)
  • Jack Chew(DOB:31/07/1999)
  • Nathan Duringer (DOB:10/07/2000)
  • Johann Hughes (DOB: 24/02/74)
  • Ryan Jolly (DOB:19/03/1981)
  • David Jones (DOB:06/09/1958)
  • Ryan Langshaw (DOB:13/02/1998)
  • Rebecca Lloyd (DOB:20/02/1984)
  • Karl O'Hara (DOB: 14/07/1991)
  • Hazee Pardoe-Wedge (DOB:21/06/1995)
  • Clive Phillips(DOB:25/12/2973)
  • Daniel Putterill (DOB:02/11/1997)
  • Michael Williams (DOB: 15/01/1999)
  • Danielle Wye (DOB:03/02/1990)

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