OPERATION LASER SPECIAL REPORT: the biggest ever drugs crackdown in Rugby sees 19 prison sentences given by Judge to 19 dealers

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UNDERCOVER OPERATION PUTS 19 IN JAIL OVER DRUG DEALING

NINETEEN more people have been jailed for drug dealing in Rugby.

They include a father who took his children with him when he supplied heroin to an undercover police officer and a former soldier who had hoped to serve his country again.

Seven more people also admitted drugs offences and either received non-custodial punishments or are awaiting sentencing.

The hearings mark the culmination of Operation Laser, a major Warwickshire Police undercover operation to crack down on class A drugs in Rugby last year.

Terry Foster, 34, of Howkins Road, Rugby, got six years for conspiring to supply heroin and crack cocaine.

Warwick Crown Court heard he had his young daughters with him when he sold heroin to an undercover officer and carried out a later deal in a shop while he had a baby in a pushchair.

At the same hearing Tafara Creary, 29, of Coventry, was also jailed for six years for conspiring to supply heroin and crack cocaine.

And fellow Coventry man Kavin Atkinson, 32, got four years for conspiring to supply crack cocaine.

At a separate hearing Royis Samuels, 29, of Millbeck, Brownsover, was jailed for four years for conspiring to supply crack cocaine and being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine.

Former soldier Samuels had served in the army for four years in Cyprus, Northern Ireland and Iraq. He had hoped to re-enlist.

Lee Burn, 33, of Eskdale, Brownsover.

Six years for conspiring to supply heroin and crack cocaine.

Judge Marten Coates told Samuels: “You are slightly different from the majority of people who appear in this court from Operation Aberfoyle because you don’t have any previous convictions.

“It enables me to draw a distinction between you and Mr Burn.”

At another hearing Nigel Powell, 42, of Manor Road, Rugby, was sentenced to four years for conspiring to supply heroin.

Another man with no previous convictions, he was said to have worked as a ‘runner’ for Dave Sewell, who was jailed for eight years last month.

Jailing Powell, Judge Coates said: “It gives me no pleasure to see someone like you in a court like this.

“But for some reason you decided to get involved in the Rugby drugs scene, dealing in class A drugs, and you allied yourself to a major player in that scene.”

Patrick Hannifin, 48, of Grosvenor Road, Rugby, got four years for supplying crack cocaine and attempting to handle stolen goods.

He supplied crack to an undercover officer who offered him items including deodorants and a drill as payment.

Andrew Murdoch, 42, of Martin’s Lane, Rugby, was sentenced to four years for conspiring to supply heroin and supplying heroin.

Jailing him, Judge Coates said: In 2010 you were a central figure on the Rugby drugs scene, able and willing to supply to anybody, including undercover police officers, who asked for them.

There are two things to your credit - your plea of guilty and the fact that you got yourself off drugs before you even knew you’d got into trouble.”

In a separate hearing Leroy Simpson, 32, of Charlesfield Road, Rugby, was jailed for three years for supplying heroin.

Malcolm Windows, 38, of Murray Road, Rugby, was jailed for seven years for conspiring to supply heroin, receiving stolen goods, theft and fraud.

When police raided his home in July 2011 they found heroin worth £1,190 as well as dealing paraphernalia and £2,500 in cash.

Jailing him, Judge Coates said: It is quite clear from everything I’ve heard that you were a major dealer in Rugby.”

At the same hearing Michael Slate, 44, of Biart Place, Rugby, was sentenced to three years for supplying heroin and Shane Tune, 27, of Knole Close, Rugby, was jailed for three years for supplying heroin.

Slate, who had run pubs and restaurants in South Africa before coming to this country, acted as a ‘runner’ to support his own drug habit, the court was told.

MAJOR DEALER FLUSHED HEROIN DOWN TOILET

When police raided the home of major drugs supplier Riasat Ali they found him desperately trying to flush his stash of heroin down the toilet.

Despite that officers were still able to scrape up £3,000 worth of the drug from the bathroom floor of 25-year-old Ali, who lived in Hodgehill, Birmingham.

He got ten years in jail for conspiring to supply heroin.

Among Ali’s most regular customers was Claire Ellis, 28, of Worcester Street, Rugby.

She was jailed for nine years for conspiring to supply heroin and supplying crack cocaine.

Based on the 2.71 grammes of heroin she had in her car when she was stopped in October, averaging one and a half trips per day over three months, Ali had sold Ellis drugs worth £24,000.

Ali was also supplying Christopher White, 36, of Worcester Street, Rugby. He got nine years for conspiring to supply heroin and supplying crack cocaine.

Matthew Brook, for White, said: “Ali was leading a confortable lifestyle and Your Honour should contrast that with the life of Ellis and White back in Rugby, living in a one-room bedsit.”

Jailing Ellis and White, Judge Marten Coates said: “You, Ellis, were seen to be more active, but you were living together and were involved in this conspiracy together.”

He told Ali: You were involved at the top of the hierarchy I am having to deal with.

“You are not a drug user yourself, but live a comfortable life in Birmingham and drive a Mercedes.

“You didn’t do any work; what you did was to supply heroin to Ellis and others.

“This is was your business.”

EIGHT YEARS IN JAIL FOR RUGBY DEALER WHO WAS CAUGHT WITH ENOUGH CRACK FOR 270 DEALS

A dealer caught with enough crack cocaine to make 270 £20 street-level deals has been jailed for eight years.

Craig Smith, 33, of Balham, London, admitted conspiring to supply crack cocaine and heroin.

David Swinnerton, defending, said Smith had always worked and had gone to London to get a job as a street sweeper, returning to Rugby at weekends to see his wife and four children.

Jailing him, Judge Marten Coates said: “You came into this scene as early as February according to the police evidence, but you were clearly involved before that.

“You were a regular and enthusiastic dealer. This is the way you chose to make money to support your family.”

In a separate hearing Cleon Craig, 35, of Lea Crescent, Rugby, was ordered to start an “inevitable” prison term.

He is awaiting sentence for conspiring to supply heroin and crack cocaine.

Two people who ferried Rugby drug dealer Claire Ellis to collect heroin from Birmingham, where she went up to three times a day, were jailed in a separate hearing.

Anthony Nicholson, 52, of Schoolfield Grove, Rugby, was given four years for conspiring to supply heroin and Carol Mosey, 51, of Fosterd Road, Rugby, received three years after also admitting conspiring to supply heroin.

The court heard Mosey drove Ellis to her supplier in Birmingham on five occasions in June last year, while Nicholson acted as her driver for 42 trips between June and October.

Seven other people have been dealt with for drugs offences as part of the police’s Operation Laser.

Levi Ruddock, 43, of Fornside, Brownsover, was given a community sentence with 200 hours of unpaid work for conspiring to supply crack cocaine.

Anthony Atkinson, 38, of Copeland, Brownsover, pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply crack cocaine and was granted bail pending ahead of a pre-sentence report.

Christine Tune, 47, of Biart Place, Rugby, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment suspended for two years with 12 months supervision for conspiring to supply crack cocaine.

James Dunn, 26, of Western Close, Rugby, admitted supplying crack and was sentenced to nine months imprisonment suspended for two years, with 12 months supervision.

Chenice Ramsey, 18, of Alfred Road, Rugby, was granted bail pending a pre-sentence report for conspiring to supply heroin and crack cocaine.

Jake Cannell, of Cambridge, was jailed for 12 months for conspiring to supply heroin and crack cocaine.

Naaron Gray, 23, of Gladstone Street, Rugby, was sentenced to nine months in prison suspended for two years with 12 months supervision for conspiring to supply heroin and crack cocaine.