Police seize £300k from Staffordshire drugs gangs – Stoke-on-Trent Live

Police have seized hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of cash and drugs from five organised crime gangs jailed for more than 130 years.[1] Twenty-three members of five organised crime groups were sentenced to a total of 132 years in prison October in 2017 for their part in a major drugs operation spanning the Midlands and South West. The groups, based in Cannock and Stafford, Walsall, Swadlincote, Redditch and Swindon, pleaded guilty at Stafford Crown Court to conspiracy to supply either class A or class B drugs following an operation by Staffordshire Police.

The court heard that cocaine and MCAT were being transported through the group’s links in the West Midlands, Derbyshire and Swindon. Staffordshire Police’s Major and Organised Crime department led the investigation into the organised crime group (OCG) based in Cannock – which was led by John Appleton and Michael O’ Mahoney. Today, September 6 2019, police confirmed they had secured confiscation orders against those involved.

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 John Paul Appleton

Following the court case police seized the following items:

o 1.78kg of cocaine, street value in the region of GBP71,849
o 14.49kg of mephedrone, street value of GBP217,000
o 23 cannabis plants, street value of GBP10,350
o 284g of ethylphenidate, street value of GBP1,420
o 677g of benzocaine, street value of GBP150
o 6.52g of BK-MDEA, street value of GBP90 o GBP41,000 in cash

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A Staffordshire Police spokeswoman said:  “Twenty three men and women from Staffordshire, Derbyshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire, Wiltshire and Warwickshire were charged with offences ranging from conspiring to supply class A and class B drugs, possession class A and class B drugs and production of class B drugs and money laundering offences. “Following sentencing Confiscation Orders were sought against all of the offenders.

The case was finalised on 22 August at Shrewsbury Crown Court when confiscation orders were made against the last two and principal offenders, John Appleton and Michael O’Mahoney.” The following sentences and Proceeds of Crime Act confiscation orders were handed down by the trial Judge Jonathan Gosling:

John Appleton, Michael O’ Mahoney, Shane Andrews, Adam Farmer, Gary Peapell, Gareth Pincombe

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John APPLETON, 48, of Locketts Court, Cannock, 14 years imprisonment, Benefit GBP647,478.60, Confiscation Order GBP50,681.92, Default sentence 30 months. Michael O’MAHONEY, 45, of Avenue Road, Cannock, 14 years imprisonment, Benefit GBP475,235.66, Confiscation Order GBP90,450.75, Default sentence 30 months.

Gary PEAPELL, of Swindon, 8 years 8 months imprisonment, Benefit GBP309,349.61, Confiscation Order GBP1905.00, Paid, Default sentence 40 days.
Adam FARMER, of Kineton Close, Redditch, 8 years 6 months imprisonment, Benefit GBP234,030.00, Confiscation Order GBP143,694.58, Paid, Default sentence 3 years. Gareth PINCOMBE, of Repton Road, Swadlincote, 8 years 2 months imprisonment, Benefit GBP174,134.19, Confiscation Order GBP2,604.10, Default sentence 4 months.

Jason BAYLEY, of Leamington Close, Cannock, 8 years imprisonment, Benefit GBP118,888.50, Confiscation Order GBP56,915.05, Default sentence 18 months. Shane ANDREWS, of John Donne Street, Stafford, 8 years imprisonment, Benefit GBP40,970.00, Confiscation Order GBP745.00, Paid, Default sentence 7 days. Carol POPE, of Glover Street, Cannock, 7 years 2 months imprisonment, Benefit GBP100,630.00, Confiscation Order GBP35,890.00, Paid, Default sentence 12 months.

Darren PEARSON, of Moss Street, Cannock, 7 years 2 months imprisonment, Benefit GBP32,256.00, Confiscation Order GBP23.46, Default sentence 5 days. Jamie WILSON, of Sidney Avenue, Cannock, 6 years 9 months imprisonment, Benefit GBP44,085.00, Confiscation Order GBP14,044.57, Paid, Default sentence 7 months. Keith PEAPELL, of Swindon, 6 years imprisonment, Benefit GBP296,534.31, Confiscation Order GBP6,124.70, Paid, Default sentence 7 months.

Russell DEGG, of Repton Close, Cannock, 6 years imprisonment, Benefit GBP500,000.00, Confiscation Order GBP69.00, Paid, Default sentence 7 days. Lewis CHAMBERS, of Hillary Street, Walsall, 4 years imprisonment, Benefit GBP41,420.00, Confiscation Order GBP2,339.32, Paid, Default sentence 3 months. Lucy BUTLER, of Sanderling Close, Featherstone, 4 years imprisonment, Benefit GBP6,000.00, Confiscation Order GBP145.00, Paid, Default sentence 7 days.

Scott KENNY, of Rugby, 5 years 4 months imprisonment, Benefit GBP47,785.00, Confiscation Order GBP11,384.00, Paid, Default sentence 9 months. Jamie SLEIGH, of St John’s Road, Cannock, 3 years 7 months imprisonment, Benefit GBP31,121.79, Confiscation Order GBP10.00, Paid, Default sentence 7 days. Richard MENZIES, of Swadlincote, 3 years 7 months imprisonment, Benefit GBP95,572.48, Confiscation Order originally GBP19,461.07 but being revised to GBP22,288.51, Paid, Default sentence 18 months.

Matthew PARSONS, of Lower Birches Way, Rugeley, 3 years 6 months imprisonment, Benefit GBP15,000.00, Confiscation Order GBP15,000.00, Paid, Default sentence 7 months. David PERKINS, of Redditch, 3 years 4 months imprisonment, Benefit GBP31,346.16, Confiscation Order GBP1,586.90, Paid, Default sentence 3 months. Brett APPLETON, of Locketts Court, Cannock, 20 months’ imprisonment, Benefit GBP45,000.00, Confiscation Order GBP1,177.96, Paid, Default sentence 40 days.

Derek HODGKISS, of St John’s Road, Cannock, 17 months suspended sentence, Benefit GBP35,170.00, Confiscation Order GBP406.31, Paid, Default sentence 7 days. Kyle WILSON, of Merrivale Road, Stafford, 14 months’ imprisonment, Benefit GBP2,254.31, Confiscation Order GBP185.31, Paid, Default sentence 6 months. Lee HIGGINS, of Redditch, 11 months suspended sentence, Benefit GBP3,200.00, Confiscation Order GBP5.07, Paid, Default sentence 7 days.

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Inspector Rob Harvmann, of Staffordshire Police, said: “All of these offenders played a role in fuelling drug crime in south Staffordshire and elsewhere across the Midlands and South West.

“It has taken a great deal of tenacity and attention to detail to obtain Confiscation Orders that allows the recovery of their assets. Should they fail to pay, default sentences will be imposed ensuring they cannot continue with their criminal enterprise.” “Staffordshire Police is committed to seizing and confiscating assets from those who benefit from any criminality in particular drug trafficking in our communities.”

If you suspect drug dealing in your community please call Staffordshire Police on 101 or the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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