Cannabis gang jailed for nearly ten years Date published: 15th June 2016 12.23pm

Nine men from Runcorn have been sentenced to nearly ten years after a three month policing operation into the supply of Cannabis in the town.

The men were sentenced to the following at Warrington Crown Court Thursday 14th June 2016;

Michael McDonagh (27) of Sextant Close, Murdishaw, Runcorn – 4 years 6 months

Stuart O’Neill (40) of Norton Cottages, Preston Brook, Runcorn – 12 months supervision

Christopher Perry (28) of The Copse, Palacefields, Runcorn – 2 years suspended

Joseph Smith (34) formerly of The Uplands, Palacefields, Runcorn – 16 months

Adam Mitchell (21) formerly of Dover Close, Murdishaw, Runcorn – 16 months

Adam Watson (20) of The Knoll, Palacefields, Runcorn – 16 months

Liam Smith (19) of Chichester Close, Murdishaw, Runcorn – 12 months

Jack Friel (21) formerly of Grangemoor, Halton Lodge, Runcorn – 14 months

Matthew Leigh (22) formerly of The Knoll, Palacefields, Runcorn – 12 months supervision

McDonagh and Perry were found guilty on13th May 2016 of conspiracy to supply Class B drugs, while the rest pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class B drugs at an earlier hearing.

The investigation was initially launched by Runcorn Local Policing Unit following information received from a member of the public.

After receiving the information the team launched an intensive surveillance operation which led to the seizure of a significant quantity of cannabis with an estimated street value of £3,440 and the subsequent execution of warrants in the Runcorn area on 28th October 2015.

Rob McLaughlin said: “This was a conspiracy network involving all nine men to supply Cannabis daily on a large scale in the Runcorn area. They were dealing in full view of the public and on occasions in front of children. 

“This result shows that working with the community we can tackle the distribution of illegal drugs in Runcorn. We will continue to make every effort to remove drugs from our streets, improving quality of life for our community.

“Anyone with information on drug dealing in their area should contact Cheshire Police 101.”