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Twelve sentenced for drugs offences after police raids

Some of the cocaine seized during the raids in August 2013

Some of the cocaine seized during the raids in August 2013

Twelve people – including two from Stone – have been sentenced for drugs offences following raids by Staffordshire Police.

The charges include conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, possession with intent to supply and conspiracy to supply Class B drugs. The defendants were arrested following raids carried out as part of Operation Nemesis, the force’s ongoing operation to crack down on drug dealers drugs related crime.

Fourteen defendants pleaded guilty at a previous court hearing and 12 were sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on Thursday 2nd July.

The sentences are as follows:

  • Lee Ward, 25, of Wedgewood Avenue, Stone, received 4 years for conspiracy to supply cocaine and six months for conspiracy to supply cannabis, to run concurrently
  • Grant Holder, 32, of Wedgewood Avenue, Stone, was sentenced to 6 months, suspended for 18 months, for conspiracy to supply cannabis
  • Dean Churchill, 27, of no fixed address, received 11 years for conspiracy to supply cocaine and 5 years for conspiracy to supply cannabis, to run concurrently
  • Lee Poynter, 31, of Green Close, Blythe Bridge, was sentenced to 43 months for conspiracy to supply cocaine
  • David Birks, 45, of Argyil Road, Stoke-on-Trent, received 15 months imprisonment for possession with intent to supply cocaine
  • Nathan Armstrong, 26, of West Acre, Stoke-on-Trent, was sentenced to 5 years 4 months for conspiracy to supply cocaine
  • Jonjo Holdcroft, 30, of Tintagel Place, Stoke-on-Trent, received 5 years 4 months for conspiracy to supply cocaine
  • Warren Mallaburn, 44, of Ubberley Road, Stoke-on-Trent, received 40 months for conspiracy to supply cocaine
  • Dean Kalsevicius, 34, of King William Street, Stoke-on-Trent, was sentenced to 5 years for conspiracy to supply cocaine and 18 months for burglary dwelling, to run consecutively
  • Raymond Amos, 61, Uffington Parade, Stoke-on-Trent, received 5 years for conspiracy to supply cocaine and 32 months for conspiracy to supply cannabi, to run concurrently
  • Paul Palethorpe, 30, of Mynors Street, Stoke-on-Trent, was sentenced to 4 years for conspiracy to supply cocaine
  • Staci Holder, 30, of Green Close, Blythe Bridge, was sentenced to 3 years for conspiracy to supply cocaine
  • Adam Idris, 32, of Grovedale Road, Liverpool, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine but his case was ajourned and he was remanded to appear on a future date
  • John Foster, 33, of Tiverton Street, Liverpool, also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and was released on bail to appear for sentencing on a future date.

Warrants were carried out simultaneously at four addresses: one in Blythe Bridge, two in Stone and one in Stoke-on-Trent on the morning of 12th August 2013. Quantities of Cocaine and cannabis, together with drugs paraphernalia were found at all four addresses.

Detective Inspector Tony Lungrin of Staffordshire Police’s major investigation department said: “The sentences mark the culmination of a very long process. The Operation Nemesis raids were executed after an in depth investigation by a dedicated team of officers specifically targeting those involved in criminal activity. The work done resulted in extensive evidence against the suspects. Due to the number of individuals involved the investigation took considerable time but the thorough work carried out ensured the case against them was strong and this has been confirmed by their admission of these very serious offences.

“Staffordshire Police is committed to continuing the fight against drug dealers and we strive to bring them to justice. This investigation has removed considerable amounts of drugs from the streets of Staffordshire and will go some way to reducing the crimes associated with funding drug misuse, such as burglary and theft.

“The sentences demonstrate our dedication to this area of policing and we hope it encourages anyone with information on drug misuse in their community to contact police, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”

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