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Six sentenced in connection with county lines drug dealing - Shropshire

Five men and one woman involved in county lines drug dealing in Shropshire have been jailed.

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In January 2016, officers from West Mercia Police's Serious and Organised Crime Unit launched an investigation into the supply of heroin and crack cocaine in Shrewsbury and Whitchurch.

The investigation found an organised crime group (OCG) were running a county lines drug dealing operation from Liverpool into Shropshire on a daily basis.Ryan Langshaw Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
Ryan Langshaw

Officers identified the supply of drugs into the county was co-ordinated from a mobile phone which was based in Merseyside.

The number was given to customers in Shropshire to ring to order their drugs with members of the group travelling between Merseyside and Shropshire on a regular basis to deal drugs to local users.

They also recruited local drug dealers to assist in providing them with local knowledge, transport and a base to operate from.Jack Ross Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
Jack Ross

Police believe they made in excess of £500,000 from their activity.

Today (Tuesday 25 June) the group were sentenced to more than 34 years' imprisonment at Wolverhampton Crown Court.Jake Burrows Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
Jake Burrows

The investigation was led by Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector, Gavin Kinrade.

He said: "This gang who preyed on vulnerable members of our community addicted to illicit drugs. They showed no regard for these very vulnerable individuals or to the misery and devastation heroin and crack cocaine cause to individuals, their families or our community. They were motivated solely by greed.Jake Dykstra Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
Jake Dykstra

"This was a complex and time consuming investigation and these offenders have been brought to justice by a professional and dedicated team of detectives who continue to fight organised crime in West Mercia. It should also act as a warning to other county lines gangs of what they can expect if they commit crime in West Mercia."Florence Marley Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
Florence Marley

On 12 February this year, a 24-year-old man from Liverpool was convicted on conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine and was sentenced to eight years and three months in prison. He will also be subject to a serious crime prevention order on release from prison. Paul Watton Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
Paul Watton

Those sentenced today are:

  • Jake Burrows, 24, Thorn Tree Close, Hale, Liverpool, - convicted of conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine. Sentenced to nine years and six months. He was also given a one year suspended sentence to run concurrently for a robbery in Warrington in 2015. He will be subject to a serious crime prevention order on release from prison. Total sentence: Ten and a half years. 

  • Jack Ross, 21, Prenton Green, Speke, Liverpool - convicted of conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine. Sentenced to five years and six months. 

  • Ryan Langshaw, 21, Western Avenue, Speke, Liverpool - convicted of conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine. Sentenced to five years and six months. 

  • Jake Dykstra, 21, Alderwood Avenue, Speke, Liverpool - convicted of conspiracy to supply heroin and conspiracy to supply crack cocaine. He was sentenced to five and a half years to run concurrently for each offence, and was also sentenced to two years to run concurrently in connection with three other offences in Bournemouth, Hereford and Shrewsbury between 2016 and 2017. Total sentence: Nine and a half years.   

  • Florence Marley, 58, Springfield Way, Shrewsbury - convicted of conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine. Sentenced to two and a half years.  

  • Paul Watton, 34, The Old Barns, Waymills, Whitchurch - convicted of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs. He was issued with a two year suspended sentence.

The Protect campaign sees police work closely with partners to tackle serious and organised crime and the harm it causes. The broad-ranging campaign comprises four key areas of activity:

  • Pursue - prosecuting and disrupting those involved in SOC
  • Prevent - stopping individuals from becoming involved in SOC
  • Protect - increased levels of protection against SOC
  • Prepare - reducing the impact of SOC where it occurs

Please visit https://www.westmercia.police.uk/protect to find out more and follow #Protect on social media.

Issued: 3.40pm, Tuesday 25 June, Corporate Communications

Published 25/06/19