FIVE men have been jailed following a Lancashire Constabulary investigation into the supply of Class A drugs in the Lancaster and Morecambe area
Operation Marigold started in March last year and resulted in the recovery of over a kilo of cocaine and heroin.
We also recovered over a kilo of bulking agent and the total value of the drugs recovered was set at £106,580. Key evidence was recovered on March 28th when arrests were made at the rear of the old Spar, Main Street, Bolton le Sands and on May 13th when a Misuse of Drugs Act warrant was executed at a Holiday Lodge in Carnforth. The operation led to charges of Conspiracy to supply Class A heroin and cocaine between 23/03/2021 and 14/05/2021.
At Preston Crown Court on March 15th the following were sentenced:
Paul Harrison, 39, of Vicars Garth Kendal, sentenced at 6 years 3 months
Jason Corless, 40, of Langdale Place, Lancaster sentenced to 6 years 7 months.
Alan Green, 44, of Fleet Green Lancaster sentenced to 6 years and 7 months.
Steven Avison, 39, no fixed abode, preciously of Morecambe was sentenced to 3 years and 9 months.
All the above entered early guilty pleas which is reflected in a reduction in the sentences passed.
Jason Elder, 48, no fixed abode, previously of Bolton Le Sands elected for trial and was found guilty of the offences on December 17th last year and was sentenced to 7 years 6 months and as a result was offered no reduction in sentence.
Operation Marigold was an operation led by the Target Crime Team DS Adie Knowles said: “This is an operation that has resulted in substantial sentences for individuals that were having a significant impact on our community with the dealing of heroin and crack. These convictions have been the result of months of hard work by the Target Crime Team. As always, we only achieve these results by the help of the public. I must reassure the good folk of Morecambe and Lancaster that we take the dealing of Class A drugs very seriously and take great pleasure in seeing individuals who chose to engage in this activity removed from the streets.”
If you have any information regarding the dealing of drugs you can always pass that information anonymously to Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 or contact us on 101.