Twelve people charged following drugs raids in Chester and Merseyside Date published: 25th April 2019 1.33pm

Twelve people have been charged with class A drug dealing offences after police carried out a series of dawn raids at homes in Chester and Merseyside.

Officers executed warrants at four addresses in Chester, six in Liverpool and one in St Helens on Thursday 25 April as part of Cheshire Constabulary’s ongoing fight against county lines drug dealing.

The Operation Wagtail raids followed a complex, covert, six-month long investigation into the supply of heroin and crack cocaine from Merseyside to Chester.

The investigation has been conducted by Chester Local Policing Unit (LPU), which organised and co-ordinated the raids.

They were carried out by 44 officers, including six from Merseyside Police.

Eleven men, aged between 18 and 54, and a 26-year-old woman have subsequently been charged with conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin.

Eight of the men – five from Chester, two from Liverpool and one from St Helens – and the woman from Liverpool all appeared at Crewe Magistrates’ Court on Friday 26 April.

The three other men, all from Liverpool, appeared at Chester Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 30 April.

All of the defendants are set to appear at Chester Crown Court on Friday 24 May.

The full list of defendants and the offences they have been charged with is:

  • Twenty five-year-old man Daniel Rubert, of Noble Close, Chester, has been charged with four counts of conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and four counts of conspiracy to supply heroin, as well as possession with intent to supply a class B drug (cannabis) and perverting the course of justice
  • Fifty four-year-old man Graham Mallon, of Blacon Point Road, Chester, has been charged with two counts of conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and two counts of conspiracy to supply heroin
  • Fifty three-year-old man Stephen Bellis, of Treborth Road, Blacon, Chester, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and one count of conspiracy to supply heroin
  • Fifty two-year-old man Sean Roddy, of Melbourne Road, Blacon, Chester, has been charged with two counts of conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and two counts of conspiracy to supply heroin
  • Fifty two-year-old man Paul Williamson, of Park Avenue, Saughall, Chester, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and one count of conspiracy to supply heroin
  • Twenty four-year-old man Dylan Griffiths, of Oakfield Road, Liverpool, has been charged with three counts of conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and three counts of conspiracy to supply heroin
  • Twenty seven-year-old Kyle Byrne, of Barrymore Road, Liverpool, has been charged with two counts of conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and two counts of conspiracy to supply heroin
  • Forty six-year-old Stephen Clarke, of Lorenzo Drive, Liverpool, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and one count of conspiracy to supply heroin
  • Eighteen-year-old David Young, of Kremlin Drive, Liverpool, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and one count of conspiracy to supply heroin
  • Twenty six-year-old woman Zahrah O’Bad, of Oakfield Road Liverpool, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and one count of conspiracy to supply heroin
  • Twenty seven-year-old man Carl Henderson, of Trevelyan Street, Liverpool, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and one count of conspiracy to supply heroin
  • Twenty five-year-old man James Bolland, of Higher Parr Street, St Helens, has been charged with four counts of conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and four counts of conspiracy to supply heroin.

Rubert, Bellis, Griffiths, Byrne, Clarke, Young and Bolland have all been remanded in custody.

Mallon has been released on conditional bail and Roddy, Williamson, O’Bad and Henderson have all been released on unconditional bail.