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Three men sentenced for drugs offences - Worcester

Following a West Mercia Police investigation, three men have today (Monday 12 February) been sentenced for drugs offences in Worcester.

Kane Cooper, aged 19 of Elmdon Road, Wolverhampton, Brandon Elsmore aged 19 of St Anne's Road, Wolverhampton and Ryan McGoldrick, aged 20 of Catsfield Crescent, Wolverhampton appeared at Worcester Crown Court today for sentencing.Kane Cooper
Kane Cooper
Ryan McGoldrick
Ryan McGoldrick

 
In May 2017, concerns were raised by the community to Gorsehill and Warndon Safer Neighbourhood Teams that offenders from outside the area were using a vulnerable person's house as a base from which to deal drugs (known as cuckooing). In response to this, a warrant was authorised to be conducted at the property in the Warndon area under the Misuse of Drugs Act.Brandon Elsmore
Brandon Elsmore
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Items seized

 
On 7 August last year, officers observed three men leaving the property in a vehicle. The vehicle was safely stopped in the local area and a search found cocaine, two knives and cash. All three men were arrested and subsequently charged with the offences. Cooper and McGoldrick were also later arrested and charged with assaulting the occupants of the property.
 
Later that day, officers conducted a search warrant at the house during in which a quantity of heroin was located along with evidence linking all three defendants to dealing from the address.
 
All three defendants later pleaded guilty to the charges at Hereford Crown Court and at today's court appearance, they were sentenced to the following:

  • Kane Cooper was sentenced to 30 months for being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine, 30 months to run concurrently for being concerned in the supply of heroin, 12 months for actual bodily harm to run consecutively and three months for common assault to run concurrently to the other assault. He was also disqualified from driving for 19 months on release.
  • Ryan McGoldrick was sentenced to 30 months for being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine, 30 months for being concerned in the supply of heroin to run concurrently and 12 months for actual bodily harm to run consecutively.
  • Brandon Elsmore was sentenced to 30 months for being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and 30 months for being concerned in the supply of heroin to run concurrently.

Following the sentencing, Sergeant Simon Hallam from West Mercia Police said: "This investigation was led by Gorsehill and Warndon Safer Neighbourhood Team officers as part of Operation Blade, an ongoing operation to target suspected county-lines drug dealing within South Worcestershire. From concerns raised within the community, officers conducted the warrant in August which subsequently led to the arrest, charge and ultimate conviction of these offenders.
 
"As part of Operation Blade, we have been also been working with partner agencies to ensure the ongoing safeguarding of potential 'cuckoo' victims and to prevent further drug supply activities. This proactive approach relies on information being reported by members of our communities, and we would therefore encourage any residents with concerns on drug dealing within their local area to please report it. The more information a community passes to us, the safer we can make it.
 
"I'd like to thank both the Safer Neighbourhood Teams and the CID officers who were involved within this investigation, as well as our partner agencies, and those members of the community who came forward to raise their concerns. As a result, the offenders have now been bought to justice for their actions, and I hope this case serves as a deterrent for anyone considering embarking on a similar venture."

Issued: 3.55pm, Monday 12 February, HCB, Corporate Communications

Published 12/02/18