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Drug gang jailed for more than a century

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

FIFTEEN people have been sentenced to more than a century behind bars for their part in a drugs gang which flooded the Fylde Coast with drugs.

 

Operation Jennet was a Lancashire Constabulary Serious Crime Team investigation into the large scale supply of class A drugs (Cocaine), class B drugs (cannabis) and money laundering in the Fylde Coast and throughout the United Kingdom.

 

During the course of the operation, approximately 6 kilos of cocaine, ¼ of a kilo of amphetamine and £122,000 in cash was seized. These seizures only represent a snapshot of the true scale of the drug dealing with which the defendants were involved during the conspiracy period from May 2016 to July 2017 and while the seized drugs were worth around £700,000 the gang is believed to be responsible for bringing drugs into Blackpool totalling millions of pounds.

 

The enterprise was headed by two brothers; Anthony Gill from Manchester and Bradley Gill from Blackpool. They are the brothers of Jessica Lang the girlfriend of one of their trusted associates Scott Le Drew. Together with other distributors of controlled drugs, they coordinated the supply of significant amounts of Class A and B drugs in the North West of England.

 

Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Dixon, of Lancashire Constabulary’s Serious Crime Team, said: “This organised criminal gang was involved in bringing huge amounts of Class A drugs into Blackpool and profiting from their illicit trade.

 

“We are committed to tackling organised crime groups working in the county and on this occasion focussing on the Fylde coast. These sentences send out a clear message to all those involved in organised crime. Organised crime, including the production and supply of drugs, the violence which controls this market, and how it impacts on vulnerable people, blights our communities and puts ordinary law-abiding people at risk.

 

“I would like to reassure the public we will keep up the pressure on those involved in serious and organised crime in Lancashire, continually striving to protect the most vulnerable. We will relentlessly pursue these offenders and put them before the courts to make our streets safer.”

 

Anthony Gill operated as the head of the head of the Organised Crime Group and was involved in sourcing drugs, predominantly cocaine, from his criminal contacts. He organized the handover of cash and deliveries of cocaine together with his brother Bradley Gill and made use of encrypted phones to communicate with other conspirators.

 

Bradley Gill assisted his brother by controlling the Blackpool-based cash and drug couriers and dealing with the distributors who took cocaine from the Gills’ stock. He was also in contact with ‘upstream’ drug suppliers from outside Blackpool.

 

Daryl Wellings worked for the Gills as a cash collector for the Gills, gathering in money from the Blackpool-based distributors and handing it to the cash couriers of the Gills’ suppliers. He was also involved in the storing and adulterating of cocaine.

Scott Le Drew was the then partner of Jessica Lang. He was also involved in the distribution of drugs on behalf of the Gills. In 2017, he took over Wellings’ role as the Gills’ primary cash collector, gathering in drugs money from the distributors in Blackpool.

John Casey was also a distributor who sourced cocaine from the Gills and was in contact with the Gills’ cash and drugs couriers during the period of the conspiracy.

Bradley Joseph McSpirit also sourced significant amounts of cocaine from the Gills for onward distribution. He was also involved in deliveries of cocaine on the Gills’ behalf.

Declan Morgan was a distributor of cannabis and cocaine that he sourced from the Gills. There was evidence of him meeting with Wellings and audio material where Morgan was handing over money in payment for cocaine and cannabis.

Jessica Lang was the sister of Anthony and Bradley Gill and was the partner of Scott Le Drew. Audio recordings of Le Drew and Lang demonstrated that she was aware of his activities and was with him when he was carrying out his work on her brothers’ behalf. She participated in the conspiracies by passing on messages between other conspirators and she often directed and instructed SLD on how he should conduct his cash collections.

Blu Leahy also sourced cocaine from the Gills for onward distribution. When his home was searched, the police recovered some small snap bags containing cocaine, a tick list and

over £1800 in cash. He was heard on the audio recovered from Scott Le Drew’s vehicle conducting what the Crown says were handovers of cash in payment for cocaine.

 

Joseph Murphy acted as a trusted courier/ custodian for the Gills, receiving cocaine from upstream suppliers and moving it on to distributors. He was in direct contact with the Gills

and with dealers responsible for the onward distribution of the cocaine.

 

Steven Miller also sourced cocaine from Wellings. He too was heard giving money to Le Drew in payment for cocaine. There are text messages

demonstrating that Miller was himself a cocaine distributor and the evidence also demonstrates that he used Wellings’ “graft” (or drugs) phone.

 

Sentence details:

 

 

NAME

AGE

ADDRESS

OFFENCE(S)

PLEA

SENTENCE

ANTHONY GILL

 

33

Worcester Rd, Middleton. Manchester

 

 

·         Conspiracy to Supply Cocaine

 

·         Conspiracy to Supply Cannabis

 

Guilty Plea

 

 

 

Not Guilty Plea (Lie on file)

14 years

BLU LEAHY

25

Powell Ave, Blackpool.

 

·         Conspiracy to Supply Cocaine

 

 

Guilty Plea

8 years (pleaded during trial)

BRADLEY MCSPIRIT

25

Wetherby Ave, Blackpool

 

 

·         Conspiracy to Supply Cocaine

 

 

 

Guilty Plea

11 years 4 months

BRADLEY GILL

28

Ascot Rd, Blackpool.

 

 

·         Conspiracy to Supply Cocaine

 

·         Conspiracy to Supply Cannabis

 

Guilty Plea

 

 

 

Not Guilty Plea (Lie on file)

14 years.

BRYNLEY OULTON

34

Clifton Drive,

St. Annes.

 

·         Money Laundering

 

Guilty Plea

12 months suspended for 12 months, 250 hours unpaid work

DARYL WELLINGS

29

Rathmore Court, Rathmore Gardens, Blackpool

 

·         Conspiracy to Supply Cocaine

 

 

 

Guilty Plea

10 years 8 months

DECLAN MORGAN

25

Melville Road Blackpool 

 

·         Conspiracy to Supply Cocaine

 

·         Conspiracy to Supply Cannabis

 

 

 

Guilty Plea

 

 

 

Guilty Plea

8 years 8 months

 

 

 

 

5 years concurrent

 

GARETH OULTON

40

Browning Avenue Thornton-Cleveleys

 

·         Money Laundering

 

Guilty Plea

12 months suspended for 12 months, 250 hours unpaid work

JACK ARNFIELD

29

The Hollies,

Ribby Road,

Kirkham

 

·         Conspiracy to Supply Cocaine

 

·         PWITS Cannabis

 

 

 

Found Not Guilty

 

 

 

Guilty Plea

12 months suspended for 12 months, 250 hours unpaid work

JESSICA LANG

21

Elgin Place, Blackpool

 

·         Conspiracy to Supply Cocaine

 

·         Conspiracy to Supply Cannabis

 

 

Guilty Conviction

 

Guilty Conviction

5 years

 

 

 

 

2 years to run concurrent

 

JOHN CASEY

32

Seventh Avenue Blackpool

 

·         Conspiracy to Supply Cocaine

 

 

 

Guilty Plea

9 years 4 months

JOSEPH MURPHY

28

Percy Street Fleetwood

 

·         Conspiracy to Supply Cocaine

 

 

Guilty Conviction

10 years

JOSHUA SHAW

26

Henson Avenue, Blackpool

 

·         Conspiracy to Supply Cocaine

 

·         PWITS Cannabis

 

 

Found Not Guilty

 

Guilty Plea

 

12 months suspended for 12 months, 250 hours unpaid work.

 

 

 

 

SCOTT LEDREW

31

Aysgarth Court, Blackpool

 

·         Conspiracy to Supply Cocaine

·         Conspiracy to Supply Cannabis

·         PWITS Amphetamine

·         Possession of prohibited weapon (CS Gas)

 

 

Guilty Plea

 

Guilty Plea

 

Guilty Plea

 

Guilty Plea

11 years 4 months

 

 

 

5 years concurrent

 

2 years concurrent

 

6 months concurrent

STEVEN MILLER

25

Carr Road Fleetwood

 

·         Conspiracy to Supply Cocaine

 

 

Guilty Plea

6 years

 

 

 

 

 

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