An organised crime gang of 20 men and one woman face a total of 147 years and seven months in prison for their roles in trafficking 3.5 kilos of Class A drugs with an estimated street value of £4 million.
Three gangs, headed by Liam Stray, Paul Bush and Stuart Bailey, organised the purchase of large quantities of high purity Class A drugs.
Working with deputies, couriers and sub-dealers, the criminal enterprise trafficked into Northamptonshire, cocaine with a purity of up to 71 per cent, which would then be dangerously diluted down with other chemicals for onward sale.
Detectives from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU), supported by police in Northamptonshire, Luton and Manchester, found regular arrangements for the purchase of cocaine from Luton and Manchester, as well as safe houses where drugs were stored. More than £85,000 in cash and was also recovered during the investigation, as well 125 grams of heroin.
In total, 32 courier runs by the Stray and Bush group were linked to the Luton area. It was estimated that this supply would have been in excess of 9.5 kilos of high-purity cocaine. A further three drugs exchanges were identified between Bailey and a Manchester group with an estimated exchange of 1.5 kilos of cocaine.
EMSOU Detective Constable Ian Hollyoake, said: “This has been an extensive investigation which started in 2014 and has concluded today with lengthy sentences.
“Stray, Bush and Bailey were running extensive operations, in which they were collectively bringing considerable amounts of lethal drugs to the streets of Northamptonshire.
“Drugs are big business in the criminal world, but like any illicit activity they come at a high price.
“Whether it’s human trafficking, turf wars between rival gangs, in-fighting within a single crew, or violence towards their relatives and friends, there are always casualties. And that can be before a single gram of an illegal substance has been taken.
“We are all too aware of the incredible damage drug addiction can have on an individual and the wider community.
“Those sentenced today played their parts in this cycle of harm and their jailing goes some way toward reducing the damage. It also means three substantial drug routes into Northamptonshire have now been blocked.”
The criminal gang were sentenced at Northampton Crown Court on Friday, 30 September 2016 and jailed as follows:
Liam Stray, aged 37, of Blackwell Close in Earls Barton: 12 years and eight months.
Paul Bush, aged 38, of Raglan Close in Rushden: 12 years.
Ben Monaghan, aged 35, of no fixed address: 10 years.
Charles Holland, aged 32, of St Andrews Crescent in Wellingborough: 10 years.
George Russell, aged 31, of Constable Drive in Wellingborough: four years.
Daniel Coxall-Carr, aged 25, of Newton Road in Little Irchester, Wellingborough: nine years.
Jamie McKinnon Phillips, aged 36 of Abbey Road in Wellingborough: six years and four months.
Helen Moore, aged 28, Arkwright Road in Irchester: five years and four months.
Nathan Inkley, aged 24, of Arkwright Road in Irchester: two years and two months.
Will Owens, aged 24, of Wing in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire: three years and eight months
John Parker, aged 50, of Hayway in Irthlingborough: six years.
Brian Kingsnorth, aged 33, of Leighton Road in Corby: 12 years.
Nathan Rennoldson, aged 24, of Bugby Drive in Irthlingborough: four years and eight months.
Armajit Singh Sembhi, aged 73, of Hargrave in Wellingborough: Six years.
Stuart Bailey, aged 33, of Grove Street in Raunds: 10 years and eight months.
Callum Mains, aged 31 of Grove Street in Raunds: Four years and four months.
Tony Bolton, aged 42 of Rushden: Nine months, suspended for two years.
Tauyyub Ulshan, aged 31, of Royal Avenue in Bury: 10 years and eight months
Bradley Nathan Hall, aged 31 Raymond Avenue in Bury: Five years and eight months.
Michael James Campbell, aged 28, of Ivy Road in Bury: Six years.
Paul Greenwood, aged 28, of Cheshum Road South in Bury: Five years and eight months.
All of the defendants, except Bolton and Kingsnorth, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. Kingsnorth was found guilty of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs. Bolton pleaded guilty to money laundering.
Sentencing the group, HHJ Fowler made comment: ‘Drugs kill people. They ruin lives, not just of those who take them, but the lives of their families. Ruin lives of many children. All of you know that.
‘Many know as you’ve seen through your own lives what drugs do to people and families. It is a deep-seated problem, made probable because people like you continue to feed flames. Too greedy and shallow to balance desire for easy money against damage you do. What makes your actions particularly stupid is penalties are so great it makes no sense to risk it for the short term benefit you get from money. It’s plain some of you are just bad.’