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Drugs gang sentenced to 193 years for flooding Welsh towns with heroin

The gang flooded towns in Wales with heroin and other drugs. Credit: PA

Twenty eight people have been sentenced to a total of 193 years in prison for their parts in running a drugs operation which spanned the length of Wales.

High purity cocaine and heroin was trafficked from the Llandudno Junction and Penmaenmawr areas of north Wales down to Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire where it would be distributed in local communities.

The operation was commenced as a result of an increase in the number of heroin related deaths predominantly in the Llanelli area

A number of trusted couriers were used to do so over a three and a half year period.

Police seized in excess of twenty kilograms of class A drugs during their investigation.

The sentence hearing took place over four days at Swansea Crown Court following guilty pleas from the defendants.

The investigation by officers spanned Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, north Wales and Liverpool, and large amounts of heroin, cocaine, ketamine and cannabis were also seized.

(Clockwise) Jonathan Thorne, Natalie Wilson, Robert Williams, Ryan Mercer, Frances Powell, Credit: Dyfed Powys Police
  • Jonathan Thorne – 16 years
  • Frances Powell – 12 years
  • Robert Williams – 7 years 5 months
  • Ryan Mercer – 5 years 4 months
  • Natalie Wilson – 5 years 8 months
Hardev Singh, Jody Moore, Declan Williams, Christopher Twist, Seorse Bailey and Sam James. Credit: Dyfed Powys Police
  • Hardev Singh – 5 years
  • Jody Moore – 4 years 8 months
  • Declan Williams – 8 years
  • Christopher Twist – 6 years 8 months
  • Seorse Bailey – 4 years 4 months
  • Sam James – 4 years
Matthew Baldock, Max Hampson, Jarod Jones, Christopher Morris, Ashley Mercer and James Wright. Credit: Dyfed Powys Police
  • Matthew Baldock – 6 years
  • Max Hampson – 8 years
  • Jarod Jones 4 years 6 months
  • Christopher Morris – 8 years
  • Ashley Mercer – 5 years 4 months
  • James Wright – 3 years 6 months
Howard Jones, Gerwyn Bailey, Christopher Inglesby, John Kenny, Ryan Kenny and Michael Lewis. Credit: Dyfed Powys Police
  • Howard Jones – 6 years 8 months
  • Gerwyn Bailey – 8 years
  • Christopher Inglesby – 13 years
  • John Kenny – 4 years 4 months
  • Ryan Kenny – 14 years
  • Michael Lewis – 6 years
Liam Antwiss, Joshua Waters, Callum Pritchard, Joseph George and Leroy Numa. Credit: Dyfed Powys Police
  • Liam Antwiss - 3 years and 8 months
  • Joshua Waters - 10 years
  • Callum Pritchard - 6 years
  • Joseph George - 4 years
  • Leroy Numa - 3 years and 8 months

These defendants operated covertly and executed their criminal enterprise with precision. The amounts involved are staggering in terms of the drugs that were distributed onto and flooded the streets of Aberystwyth and Llanelli. Operation Ulysses has tackled the scourge of these drugs and helped prevent further tragedies. This first batch of sentences just goes to show that no matter how sophisticated these organised crime groups are, Dyfed-Powys Police will find them and bring them to justice.

– Detective Sergeant Rhys Jones from the Dyfed-Powys Police Serious and Organised Crime Team