Posted: Fri 21st Apr 2023

Leader of crime gang that flooded region with drugs ordered to repay over £500,000

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Friday, Apr 21st, 2023

The leader of an organised crime gang that supplied illegal drugs into parts of North Wales including Deeside has been ordered to repay over half a million pounds.

Colin Jones of Walton, Liverpool, who is currently serving a 21-year prison sentence for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and other offences, was the target of an investigation called Operation Tide led by North Wales Police in 2019.

The case involved large-scale drug supply, with a network that spanned from Merseyside and North Wales to Devon, Cornwall, and Scotland.

Jones, 52, appeared by video-link at a hearing at Mold Crown Court on April 21.

The court heard that Jones had amassed a total of £2,337,130 as a result of his criminal activities.

However, the worth of his current assets was valued at £536,788, which can now be recovered by authorities.

DC Helen Philips said: “North Wales Police will not only relentlessly pursue organised criminals across force boundaries and bring them to justice, but will also look to recover wealth gained by these illegal consortiums.”

DI Richard Sidney added: “During Operation Tide, the force’s Serious Organised Crime Unit led a detailed and targeted investigation which culminated in the arrest and long-term imprisonment of those involved.

“The recovery of these substantial funds in today’s case underlines our commitment to disrupting OCG-related crime in the strictest possible terms.

“County lines activity and drug supply are a blight on communities and can have a devastating impact on people’s lives.

“As a force, we are committed to pursuing these criminals and gangs whose crimes inflict such misery on their victims.”

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