Cumbrian drugs ring: Eight sentenced to almost fifty years in jail

Eight people have been sentenced to a total of 49 years in prison for their part in a large-scale drugs ring.

The seven men and one woman from Carlisle, Kendal, west Cumbria and St Helens, appeared at Carlisle Crown Court.

'Operation Adder-Silkworm' began in April 2012, with officers from Cumbria Police's Serious and Organised Crime Unit investigating a drug supply network.

The following defendants were sentenced :

  • Luke Anthony Babester,39 years old of Milnthorpe Road Kendal sentenced to 12 years imprisonment
  • Roger Fox, 38 years old, of Greta Avenue Carlisle, sentenced to nine years, nine months
  • Stephen James Neill 32 years old of Castle View Kendal sentenced to five years, three months
  • Steven John Smith, 32 years old of Town Croft, Dearham, sentenced to 10 years, six months
  • Martin Andrew Smith 31 years of Grange Avenue, Flimby, sentenced to two years, six months
  • Michael John Britland 30 years old of Billinge Crescent, St Helens, sentenced to three years, four months
  • Grant Joseph Robertson 28 years old of Lingla Bank Frizington, sentenced to three years
  • Angela Marie Clark 52 years old of Robert Owen Avenue, Cleator Moor, sentenced to three years

"Today’s sentences are the result of a great deal of hard, painstaking work by detectives and officers across many departments who are 100% committed to targeting the supply of controlled drugs.

“Although crime is low in Cumbria, we know that there are some people who set their sights onbeing “kingpins” in the drugs trade.

“Criminals often think they are clever and can escape the law. It’s not true. If you get involved in drugs supply you will end up in jail.

“The communities of Cumbria expect us to target serious criminals and that’s what we will continue to do.”

– Detective Inspector Mike Brown, Cumbria Police