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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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23 convicted as police crack down on South Cumbria drug ring

AN operation by Cumbria Police has seen 23 people convicted over the last year for their involvement in the supply of Class A and Class B drugs to Barrow.

Sentences totaling 44 years and eleven months have been handed out as a result of a long running police investigation, named Operation Axe.

The operation, which started in December 2012, saw the Southern Area Drug Squad covertly target organised criminals from Merseyside and Cumbria.

Those involved in the criminal enterprise were influential in the transportation of heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis into Barrow.

Local dealers would work on behalf of the organised crime group, based in Merseyside, and supply the drugs to local drug users.

During this Operation police recovered £13205 worth of drugs and £7585 worth of cash.

Detective Constable Jamie Eaton said: “This was a lucrative business but by hard work and dedication the Southern Area Drug Squad, we were able to break down this network and over the course of a year, 23 persons from Barrow and Liverpool have been convicted.

“Officers worked tirelessly on this investigation to target and remove key figures in this organised criminal gang. There are numerous departments within Cumbria Police that assisted in this investigation and without them results like this are not possible. Operations of this nature are extremely complex and involve hours of dedication from officers.

“I hope that the sentences passed in court send out the message that anyone who thinks that getting involved in drugs or serious crime can pay should think again. Cumbria Police will target you and bring you to justice.”

The following indaviduals have been convicted in the last 12 months:

Involved in the distribution of Class A drugs:

· Steven Cassidy, aged 21, of Aldford Road, Liverpool received a custodial sentence of four years and eight months.

· Jamie Bennett, aged 24, of Castle Rise, Runcorn received a custodial sentence of three years and four months.

· Mark Johnson, aged 25, of Castle Rise Runcorn received a custodial sentence of three years and four months.

· Daniel Rea, aged 21, of Leyburn Close, Liverpool received a custodial sentence of three years and four months.

· Kameron Bassey, aged 24, of York Terrace received a custodial sentence of Liverpool three years and one month.

· Jack Hammond, aged 19, of Longfellow Street Liverpool received a custodial sentence of three years.

· Kieron Burns, aged 31, of Ferry Road, Barrow received a custodial sentence of three years.

· Gary McKeown, aged 20, of Purser Grove, Liverpool, received a custodial sentence of two years and eight months.

· Shaun Tinsley, aged 20, of Langsdale Street, Liverpool received a custodial sentence of two years and eight months.

· Callum Cheetham, aged 19, of East Prescot Road, Liverpool received a custodial sentence of two years and eight months.

· Eddie Melton, aged 27, of School Street, Barrow received a custodial sentence of two years and six months.

· Neil McIssacs, aged 30, of Harrison Street, Barrow-in-Furness received a custodial sentence of two years.

· Fiona Robson, aged 34, of Egerton Court, Barrow received a custodial sentence of two years.

· Jake Roberts, aged 20, Garway, Liverpool received a custodial sentence of 22 months.

· Wayne Watt, aged 39, of Lancaster Square, Ulverston received a custodial sentence of six months.

· Vicky Arts, aged 28, of Broad Close, Barrow-in-Furness received a custodial sentence of five months suspended for twelve months.

· Dean Cummings, aged 39, of Raglan Court, Barrow received a custodial sentence of twelve months suspended for two years.

· Kelly Newby, aged 34, of Longway, Barrow received a twelve month community sentence and will be electronically tagged for four months.

· Debbie Paisley, aged 27, of Lancaster Square, Ulverston received a custodial sentence of five months suspended for twelve months.

· A 16 year old male from Liverpool received a youth rehabilitation order.

Involved in the distribution of Class B drugs:

· Liam Field, aged 18, of Spicer Grove, Liverpool received a custodial sentence of two years.

· Aaron Lewis, aged 23, of Grafton St, Liverpool received a custodial sentence of 16 months.

· James Newsham, aged 23, of Buxted Road, Liverpool received a custodial sentence of twelve months.

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