Rugby drugs gang sentenced

John Logue
John Logue

THE last four of 24 people arrested by police investigating an organised crime group responsible for supplying drugs in the Rugby area have been sentenced to a total of 12 years and two months.

Seven others, including John Logue who controlled a number of drug dealers in the Rugby area, were sentenced in December 2011.

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Mark Davison, said: “This brings the total the gang has been sentenced to over 100 years. We are delighted at these sentences.”

At Northampton Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday) Khurum Janjua, 31, from Lawford Road Rugby was sentenced to 3 years 9 months for conspiring to supply cocaine.

Guy Alan Payne, 31, from Main Street, Newton Rugby was sentenced to 3 years and 3 months for conspiring to supply cocaine.

Ivan Barker, 41, from Boughton Road Rugby was sentenced to 2 years 6 months for conspiring to supply cocaine.

Shane Bird, 44, from Nottingham was sentenced to 2 years 8 months for conspiring to supply amphetamine.

On Thursday, December 22, seven men, were found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court of their involvement in serious and organised crime in Warwickshire, and were sentenced the following day to a total of 85 years in custody.

Among those found guilty in December following the six week trial, was John Russell Logue, 34 years, from Rugby, who received jail sentences of 38 years for four counts of conspiracy to supply heroin (nine year sentence), cocaine (11 year sentence), amphetamine (five year sentence) and a second charge of cocaine (13 year sentence). The sentences will run concurrently, meaning he will serve 13 years in prison.

The prosecutions follow an 18 month operation by Warwickshire Police into the Rugby based organised crime group, headed up by Logue.

During the 18 months Operation Frittenden, the investigation into the Rugby based gang, was running, a total of 24 people were arrested, £75,000 of Class A drugs was recovered, including crack cocaine, heroin, cocaine, fluroamphetamine, amphetamine and cannabis. A sawn off shot gun was also recovered together with debilitating spray, believed to be CS, body armour and equipment for processing Class A drugs.

Also sentenced in December were:

Anton Louis Dimarino, aged 27 years, from Rugby, who was sentenced to ten years for conspiracy to supply heroin and possession of a section one firearm (a sawn off shotgun)

Luigi Antony Licursi, aged 41 from Rugby, jailed for eight years for conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin.

Kevin Richard Rodgers, aged 38 years from Rugby, jailed for six years for conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine

Alan Bailey, 62 years, from Rugby jailed for a total of five years for conspiracy to supply fluroamphetamine.

Anthony Emerson Ramsey, aged 27 years, from Wolverhampton jailed for eight years for conspiracy to supply heroin

Russell Kirby, aged 34 years, from Rugby, jailed for ten years for conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin.

In addition:

Michael Gilbert Cash, aged 27 years from Doncaster, has already received a jail sentence for 16 month imprisonment, after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply amphetamine, at an earlier date

Rachid Harkourk, aged 55 years, from Nottingham was sentenced to 28 months, after he pleaded guilty to supplying amphetamine at an earlier hearing.

DI Davidson said: “Operation Frittenden started in May 2010 and targeted an organised crime group based in Rugby, which was headed by John Logue.

“During the 18 month investigation, it was clear that Logue controlled a number of dealers in the Rugby area and used them to both supply or collect drugs for him, all of which were then supplied onto the streets of Rugby.

“During the enquiry over £75,000 worth of Class A and Class B drugs were recovered, the majority of which had originated from Nottingham, Oldham, Sheffield and Wolverhampton.

“This operation was a complex investigation, and a large number of officers from a number of different departments were involved throughout.

“Warwickshire Police will continue to target anybody involved in organised crime and will use every available resource and investigative tactic to ensure they are brought to justice.”