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A gang have been jailed after raids in North Wales and Merseyside uncovered 5kg of drugs.

A total of 15 members of an organised crime group - based in Southport in Merseyside - were given a total of over 110 years in prison for conspiracy to supply drugs.

It followed an extensive investigation into the supply of cocaine and cannabis between 2018 and 2020 in Southport.

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As part of the investigation, the OCG were identified as conspiring to supply cocaine and cannabis and were subject to a strike day in October 2020, in which warrants were carried out and arrests made.

Three kilos of MDMA and two kilos of amphetamines were recovered at addresses in Bootle and North Wales.

Two people from North Wales were also charged in relation to the gang's activities.

Cara Wilding, 23, of Hollins Court, The Larches, Hawarden, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs.

38-year-old Patrick Hill, of the same address, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B drugs.

They will be sentenced at a later date.

The other gang members

The following gang members were sentenced in hearings at Liverpool Crown Court this week.

  • 33-year-old Nathan Ball of Canning Road, Southport was sentenced to 12 years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs
  • 28-year-old Tom Rigby of Bull Cop, Formby was sentenced to 9 years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs
  • 26-year-old Jesse Fashoni of Bridge Grove, Southport was sentenced to 9 years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs
  • 23-year-old Brandon Culshaw of no fixed address was sentenced to 5 years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs

  • 33-year-old James Gelling of no fixed address was sentenced to 8 years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs

  • 47-year-old James Nixon of Old School Close, Banks was sentenced to 6 years 8 months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs

  • 27-year-old Lewis Appleby of Forest Road, Southport was sentenced to 9 years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs

  • 25-year-old Kieran Bradshaw of Ovington Drive, Southport was sentenced to 9 years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs

  • 25-year-old Kane Doherty of Kensington Road, Southport was sentenced to 8 years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs

  • 29-year-old Jordan Gelling of Lytham Road, Southport was sentenced to 9 years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs

  • 25-year-old Peter Ball of Canning Road, Southport was sentenced to 9 years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs

  • 25-year-old Will Gardner of Cheyne Close, Blundellsands was sentenced to 6 years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs and also possession of a stun gun, which was recovered in December 2019.

  • 27-year-old Stuart Stirling of no fixed address was sentenced to 2 years 6 months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply Class B drugs

  • 25-year-old Ryan Edwards of Alexandra Road, Southport was sentenced to 3 years 4 months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs

  • 36-year-old Philip Taylor of Station Road, Banks was sentenced to 4 years 8 months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs

The following will be sentenced at a later date after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A and B drugs:

  • 23-year-old Lee McChrystal-Cole of Pighue Lane, Wavertree
  • 21-year-old Daniel Crompton of no fixed address
  • 19-year-old Arlie Bailey of Knowsley Road, Southport and 25-year-old Brenden Gillam, of no fixed address, will also be sentenced at a later date after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply Class B drugs.

Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Inspector Catherine Walsh said: “This sentencing marks the end of an extensive investigation which has dismantled this extremely harmful OCG, and I’m sure the communities of Southport and beyond share our satisfaction that these people have been removed from the streets.

“They will be unable to spread their misery any longer. Drug supply and associated violent crime ruins the lives of countless people, and those sentenced have also thrown away their own futures by getting involved. Hopefully some of those jailed today will reflect upon the risks, the harm, and their punishments, and change their ways.

"Serious and organised crime remains a priority for Merseyside Police, and we will continue to take positive action against those who blight our communities. Information from the public is vital and we will continue to act on all that we receive.

"We will continue to work tirelessly to remove drug dealers from our streets and provide our communities with a safe place to live, work and visit. My message to those engaged in organised crime is clear: we know who you are, we can see where you are operating, and we will come knocking."

Source : https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/gang-jailed-after-5kg-of-drugs-found-in-north-wales-and-merseyside-raids/ar-AAMYjW5

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