Posted: Fri 29th Jul 2022

Nine members of a Flintshire County Lines drugs gang sentenced to a total of 30 years

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Friday, Jul 29th, 2022

Members of a Flintshire County Lines drugs gang have been sentenced to a total of 30 years in prison.

Nine defendants were jailed at Caernarfon Crown Court after admitting their part in conspiring to supply Class A drugs.

The prosecutions followed Operation Blue Magnitude, a joint investigation between North Wales Police and the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (NWROCU) into class A drug supply in Deeside.

As part of the operation, a series of raids were conducted at addresses in Connah’s Quay, Shotton, Garden City and Queensferry earlier in June, which resulted in seizures of Class A drugs and cash.

Picture, in order from left to right: James Hill, Chad Stagg, Charlotte Holly Johnson, Harry Gray, Dean Ashfield, Lee Edwards, Liam Wignall, Nathan Higgins, Peter Bevan

Senior Investigating Officer, DI Mark Hughes said: “These sentencings are the result of a six-month long investigation, undertaken by North Wales Police and the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (NWROCU).”

“The investigation provided valuable intelligence on how these gangs operate and will enable us to continue to disrupt drug-dealing networks in North Wales and beyond.”

“The sentences passed in this case demonstrates our commitment to tackle County Lines drug supply into North Wales and should be a strong deterrent to anyone considering any type of involvement with illegal drugs.”

“It also sends a clear message to all Organised Crime Groups (OCGs) that we will not tolerate illegal drug supply in North Wales, and those involved can expect firm and relentless action against them when caught.”

“Tackling drug supply will remain a high priority for North Wales Police and I hope that the public are reassured by these convictions and the sentences imposed.”

Details of all those involved are listed below, along with their respective sentences.

James Hill, 22, of Partington Avenue, Bootle (3 years, 3 months)

Chad Stagg, 26, of Chester Road West, Queensferry (1 year, 10 months)

Charlotte Holly Johnson, 37, of Riverside Park, Garden City (2 years, 2 months)

Harry Gray, 19, of Kingswood Boulevard, Higher Bebington (3 years, 9 months)

Dean Ashfield, 23 of Central Drive, Shotton (3 years, 11 months)

Lee Edwards, 27, of Riverside Park, Garden City (4 years)

Liam Wignall, 30 of Nequay Close, Brookvale, Runcorn (3 years, 8 months)

Nathan Higgins, 30, of East Parade, Rhyl (3 years, 8 months)

Peter Bevan, 38, of Pen Y Llan Street, Connah’s Quay (3 years)

 

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