The streets of Cheshire are now a safer place after an organised crime gang involved in the supply of Class A drugs were jailed for nearly 35 years.
The group of nine men and one woman were all arrested on 6 November 2014 following a series of dawn raids across Crewe, Northwich, Manchester and Staffordshire.
The raids were the culmination of several months’ undercover work by Cheshire Police into the supply of illegal Class A Drugs and led to the recovery of £220,000 worth of Cocaine.
Following their arrest Simon Camm, 29; Merold Stennett, 37; Christopher Wright, 32; Raphael Barry, 33; Jonathan Murphy, 27; Dean Ashley, 25; Stephanie Rowley, 25; Derrick Thompson, 29; Joseph Horton, 24; and Danny Roberts, 28, were all charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
The gang all appeared at Chester Crown Court where the nine men all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. Stephanie Rowley pleaded not guilty, but following a trial at Warrington Crown Court in June 2016 she was found guilty of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
The defendants all appeared at Chester Court on Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 September where the judge sentenced nine of them to a total of 34 years and 10 months in prison. Below are the sentences that were handed down by the judge:
- Simon Camm, 29, of Marshfield Lane, Gillow Heath – 6 years
- Merold Stennett, 37, of Peter Place, Crewe – 4 years 4 months
- Raphael Barry, 33, of Wordsworth Road, Denton – 4 years
- Jonathan Murphy , 27, of Walnut Avenue, Weaverham – 4 years 6 months
- Dean Ashely,25, of Heron Crescent, Crewe – 3 years 4 months
- Stephanie Rowley, 25, of Sunnybank Road, Crewe – 4 years
- Derrick Thompson, 29, of Wardle Crescent, Leek – 3 years
- Joseph Horton, 24, of YMCA, Gresty Road, Crewe – 1 year 8 months
- Danny Roberts, 28,of Richard Street, Crewe – 4 years
The sentencing for the final defendant, Christopher Wright, 32, of Wiltshire Drive, Congleton, has been postponed for two weeks.
Following sentencing Detective Inspector Giles Pierce, said: “This group brought misery to residents across Cheshire through their involvement in the supply of illegal drugs and it is pleasing to see the sentences that have been handed down today.
“Operation Impact shows the commitment that Cheshire Police has in targeting people who undermine our communities and bring misery to residents through their involvement in organised crime and illegal drugs.
“I hope that this case sends out a clear message to other potential criminals that drugs crime will not be tolerated in Cheshire.”
Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane said: “This operation was the culmination of several months’ hard work and I would like to thank every police officer and member of police staff involved.
“As a result of their hard work all of the defendants are facing significant sentences and a large quantity of Class A drugs has been from the streets of Cheshire.
“Drugs have a detrimental impact on our communities and Cheshire residents have told me that drugs are a key local issue for them and tackling the issue of drug misuse and supply is of the uppermost importance to me.
“I will be working with the Chief Constable to ensure the excellent work the Constabulary has undertaken continues."
Detective Inspector Pierce added: “Information from members of the public is vital in the fight against drug related crime and we would urge anyone with any information about suspected drug related activity in their area to get in touch.
“Anyone with any information is urged to call Cheshire Police on 101. Information can also be passed on anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.”