Twenty-one members of huge cocaine gang now brought to justice

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Twenty-one people have now been brought to justice for their part in a multi-million pound drugs conspiracy in Cheshire.

In the most recent trial, the Crown Prosecution Service successfully proved that Callum Voos, 20,  of Strawberry Close in Warrington, was part of a large organised crime gang supplying cocaine from Warrington to Carlisle, Scunthorpe, Manchester and London.

Co-accused William Wright was found not guilty by the jury.

Reporting restrictions over two trials were lifted on Tuesday 11 June 2019 after the jury returned their verdicts on Callum Voos and William Wright at Liverpool Crown court on Monday 10 June 2019. Voos will be sentenced on Friday 14 June 2019.

It can now be revealed that Voos was part of a huge supply network, headed up by Jamie Simpson and Jamie Oldroyd, both aged 29 and of Rennie Drive in Warrington.

Simpson and Oldroyd had earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply a Class A drug and have been jailed for 14 years and 3 months and 11 years and 6 months respectively.

Several other members of the gang also pleaded guilty at earlier hearings. Twenty-one defendants have now been brought to justice and sentences totalling around 120 years have been handed out. Four of the defendants still remain to be sentenced.

The prosecution came as a result of an intensive operation called Operation Dreadnought.

The gang tried to avoid discovery by using several phone numbers that were frequently changed and by the use of mobile devices that had software installed that encrypted their messages. They also regularly changed cars to avoid detection. Oldroyd alone drove up to 17 different cars throughout the operation.

Jamie Simpson was also involved in the distribution of £20 million of cocaine that was hidden in a transit van that was stopped by police as it approached Warrington on the M6 on 2 August 2018. It was one of the largest ever seizures of illegal drugs in the UK.

Rachael Barber of the Crown Prosecution Service said: “This has been an incredibly complex case with 21 gang members, two trials and sentences stretching to 120 years so far. Many defendants pleaded guilty in the face of a strong case built by the Crown Prosecution Service, working closely with Cheshire Police.

“Like many drugs gangs, these men used different phones, encryption techniques and different cars to try and stay one step ahead of the authorities.

“This has meant that a huge amount of complex evidence has had to be analysed and presented by the police and the CPS to prove that these men were working together to source, distribute and supply cocaine in huge quantities across the country.”

Rachael added: “We built this case by working closely with Cheshire Police from the very early stages of the operation to close in on this highly organised and sophisticated gang.

“Regular meetings were held with officers and Counsel where the strengths and weaknesses of our case were examined and addressed.

“The sheer amount  of evidence was an issue. The telecoms evidence and phone downloads ran to thousands of pages. On top of that was the surveillance material and the drugs seized. It was an incredibly complex case but the joint working between the CPS and the police has produced a great result, bringing to an end the activities of yet more drugs gangs.”

Notes to editors

  • Jamie Simpson’s organised crime group:
    • Jamie Simpson, 29, of Rennie Drive in Warrington, was sentenced to eleven years and six months for conspiracy to supply cocaine
    • Clare Smith, 36, of Oakland Street in Warrington, was sentenced to eight years and nine months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine
    • Andrew Daniels, 41, of Laira Street in Warrington, was sentenced to eight years and six months for conspiracy to supply cocaine
    • Dean Brettle, 37, of Lord Nelson Street in Warrington, was sentenced to six years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine
    • Jamie Winterburn, 47, of Oakland Street in Warrington, was sentenced to three years and four months after pleading guilty to money laundering
  • Jamie Oldroyd’s organised crime group:
    • Jamie Oldroyd, 29, of Rennie Drive in Warrington, was sentenced to fourteen years and three months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine
    • Lewis Johnson, 21, of Elizabeth Drive in Warrington, was sentenced to nine years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine
    • Moses Webber, 21, of Moorside in Latchford, was sentenced to eight years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine
    • Terille Riley, 21, of Heather Close was sentenced to six years and seven months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine
    • Taulant Paja, 22, of Gladstone Mews in Warrington, was sentenced to six years and six months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine
    • Islam Grana, 27, of Killingworth Lane in Warrington, was sentenced to seven years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine
    • Adam Todhunter, 29, of Teal Grove in Warrington, was sentenced to four years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine
    • Kyle Kelly, 20, of Solway Close in Warrington, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and will be sentenced at a later date
    • Joel Reading, 21, of Rockingham Close in Warrington, was sentenced to five years and seven months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine
    • Elliott Auton, 22, of Rockingham Close in Warrington, was sentenced to five years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine
    • Jordan Redfern, 22, of Montgomery Close in Warrington, was sentenced to five years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and dangerous driving
    • Dean English, 24, of St Augusta View in Carlisle, was sentenced to six years and eight months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and possession with intent to supply cannabis
    • Ryan Quinell, 25, of Antlands Lane in Horley, Surrey, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and will be sentenced at Lewis Crown Court on 21 June 2019
    • Jordan Read, 27, of Laurel Walk in Horsham, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and possession with intent to supply a class A drug. He will be sentenced at a later date.
    • Paul Ferraillo, 42, of Fox Bank Close in Widnes, was sentenced to four years and six months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine
    • Callum Voos, 20, of Strawberry Close in Warrington, was found guilty of conspiracy to supply cocaine and will be sentenced on Friday 14 June.
  • William Wright, 26, of Deanwater Close in Warrington, was found not guilty of conspiracy to supply cocaine

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