1. ITV Report

Coventry gang members behind £1.6m drug operation

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The ‘P1’ gang was led by 22-year-old Truman Jones from Sewell Highway, Walsgrave, with Troy Stanton (46) from Modbury Close, Styvechale, as his right hand man – both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import and supply cocaine.

Other high profile gang members were convicted of drugs offences: Craig Edwards (33) from Springfield Road in Foleshill, pleading guilty to conspiracy to import and supply cocaine. While Richard Yarker (40) from Tamworth Road in Keresley, was found guilty after trial.

Lithuanian lorry driver Vaidas Guoga (33), worked for a legitimate company but would make unscheduled stops en route to the UK to collect the drugs to be imported. He would deviate from his scheduled route to West Bromwich where he would be met by a member of the gang in Colliery Road and a package would be delivered. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import cocaine.

Four further men were sentenced after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine – Clayton Stephenson (27) from Cotterills Lane, Ward End; Damion Mahoney (27) from Cromwell Street, Nechells; Leon Barnes (29) from Woodcock Lane, Northfield and David Roddie (34) from Bridgeacre Gardens, Coventry.

Stephenson, Mahoney and Barnes – all part of a Birmingham crime gang, were stopped as part of the operation in July 2012 and were found in possession of a large amount of Class A.

Why was the gang called P1?

The ‘P1’ name is believed to have derived from the gang’s beginnings in the Proffitt Avenue area of Bell Green, or other suggestions are that it is street slang for money – Paper 1st – meaning ‘money first’.