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Drug dealers get more than 55 years behind bars

Posted on - 21st October, 2011 - 8:23pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, News
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16 of the dealers who have been locked up by Preston Police in a crackdown on drug dealing in the city

These are the faces of drug dealers put behind bars by a huge police operation to tackle drugs in the city.

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Lancashire Police swooped on addresses across Preston in November last year to arrest those they suspected of blighting Preston with cocaine and heroin.

Today we can reveal police have won prison sentences on 20 men and women involved in the drugs trade totaling 56 years and seven years.

The sentences came as Operation Nimrod – running since 2002 – saw over 900 people sentenced to more than 1,500 years in prison for their drug dealing.

Chief Supt James Lee of Preston Police said: “We are committed to taking drugs off our streets and putting those involved in dealing drugs behind bars.

“I hope that it is reassuring to local residents that these drug dealers and now off the streets of Preston and in prison.

“We will continue to actively pursue anyone we suspect to be involved in drugs and I hope this sends a clear message that we will find those who blight our communities and seek to bring them to justice.

“My message to dealers is – it could be you next.  Seek treatment or expect to be targeted.”

Here are the faces and details of those put behind bars for supplying and dealing drugs across the city.

Lee Evans, 26, of Chaddock Street, Preston, was given a four and a half year prison sentence at Preston Crown Court yesterday after he was convicted of supplying crack cocaine and being concerned in the supply of heroin following a four day trial. He was also given two additional one month prison sentences, which are to run concurrent, for two assaults, and these will run consecutive to the four and a half year sentence.

John Thomson, 37, of Chadderton Court, Percy Street, Preston, was given five years and six months at Preston Crown Court on Friday 26 August after pleading guilty to supplying heroin and crack cocaine together with a robbery which took place in February 2011.

Anita Walton, 39, of Edmund Street, Preston, was given a two year custodial sentence after pleading guilty to three counts of supplying class A drugs.

Leslie Both, 48, of Avenham Lane, Preston, was given a six year and eight month prison sentence when he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs. He was also sentenced for 16 months for a burglary – the sentence for which is to run consecutive.

Heidi Molineux, 31, of Avenham Lane, Preston, was jailed for three years and four months after she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Adrian Allen, 46, of Gamull Lane, Preston, was jailed for four years after pleading guilty to ten counts of supplying class A drugs.

Jack Swain, 19, of Cowley Road, Ribbleton, was given a two year prison sentence and a three year criminal anti-social behaviour order (CRASBO) after pleading guilty to seven counts of supplying class A drugs and one count of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

Gareth Cornthwaite, 31, of Bairstow Street, Preston, was given a two year custodial sentence after he pleaded guilty to possessing class A drugs, possession with intent to supply class A drugs and three counts of supplying class A drugs.

Sean Palmer, 47, of Grimshaw Street, Preston, was jailed for three years after he pleaded guilty to four counts of supplying class A drugs.

Christopher Evans, 45, of Margaret Street, Preston, was given a two year prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to offering to supply class A drugs, possession with intent to supply class A drugs and being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

Tony Hamer, 23, of Brant Road, Preston, was jailed for two years for five counts of supplying class A drugs and two counts of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.  He was also given an additional year in prison, which is to run consecutive, for possession with intent to supply.

Michael McMullan, 35, of Dawson Walk, Preston, was given a two and a half year prison sentence for five counts of supplying heroin and being concerned in the supply of heroin.

David McMullan, 30, of Dawson Walk, Preston, was given a two year and four month prison sentence reduced by 90 days which he had spent on remand. He pleaded guilty to three counts of supplying heroin and one count of being concerned in the supply of heroin.

Andrew Gray, 36, of Charnock Avenue, Preston, pleaded guilty to one count of supplying heroin and one count of supplying crack cocaine and was sentenced to two years in prison.

Nigel Ogden, 44, of no fixed address, received three years in prison for supplying heroin on four occasions, crack cocaine on two occasions and offering to supply class A drugs on two occasions and also being concerned in the supply of heroin on two occasions.

Zoe Nixon-Harvey, 35, of Margaret Street, Preston, was sentenced to two years in prison for supplying heroin on two occasions, crack cocaine once and also for possession with intent to supply heroin.

There are no photos of the four dealers below as they have already served prison sentences:

Ainsley Cox, 18, of Avenham Terrace, Preston, was jailed for two years after pleading guilty to three counts of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs and one count of supplying class A drugs.

Imran Malik, 31, of Arnhem Road, Preston, was given a two year custodial sentence after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Anthony Best, 42, of Slaidburn Road, Preston, was jailed for two years after he pleaded guilty to supplying class A drugs.

Thomas Pritchard, 22, of Sion Close, Ribbleton, Preston, was jailed for nine months after pleading guilty to possessing class A drugs, five counts of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs and five counts of supplying class A drugs.

Anyone with information about drug dealing in their community can contact the police on 0845 1 25 35 45 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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