BREAKING NEWS: Organised crime group in Rugby, headed up by John Logue, sentenced to 89 years

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SEVEN men, found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday (Thursday) of involvement in serious and organised crime in Warwickshire, have today been sentenced to a total of 89 years in custody.

A further four men, who had pleaded guilty to charges at an earlier date, will be sentenced in January.

Among those found guilty yesterday, following the six week trail, was John Logue, 33 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 today (Friday 23 December) were:

· Anton Dimarino, aged 26 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 Anthony Licursi, aged 41 from Rugby, jailed for eight for conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin.

· Kevin Richard Rodgers, aged 37 years from Rugby, jailed for six 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 Ramsey, aged 27 years, from Wolverhampton jailed for eight years for conspiracy to supply heroin

· Russell Kirby, aged 44 years, from Rugby, jailed for ten for conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin.

The following people pleaded guilty at earlier hearings and will be sentenced in January:

· Shane Bird, aged 44 years, from Nottingham, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply amphetamine.

· Guy Payne 29 years, from Newton, Rugby, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine.

· Khurum Janjua, from Rugby, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine.

· Ivan Barker, aged 44 years, from Rugby, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine.

In addition

· Michael Cash, aged 26 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.

At the conclusion of the trial, the Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Mark Davison, said he was delighted with the sentences handed down at Birmingham Crown Court by Judge Tomlinson,

“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.”