Members of a drugs gang from Liverpool who used a flat in Carlisle to supply heroin have been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison.
The gang, involved in supplying drugs in the Harraby area, were sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court today for a number of offences including robbery. They are:
Kelly Scott, 37, of Alexander Street, Carlisle - sentenced to 9 years for robbery.
Gary McCaffrey, 47, Balmoral Court, Carlisle - sentenced to 7 years for being concerned in supply of Class A heroin.
Craig Metcalfe, 37, of Lightfoot Drive, Carlisle - sentenced to 20 months suspended for 2 years for being concerned in supply of Class A heroin.
Stuart Baker, 21, of Southport - sentenced to 4 years and 10 months years for being concerned in supply of Class A heroin.
Braden Moreton, 19, of Liverpool - to be sentenced later for being concerned in supply of Class A heroin and robbery.
Sean Cleaver, 24, Gresham Street, Liverpool - currently on the run from police, concerned in supply of Class A heroin.
The drugs were processed from a flat belonging to Craig Metcalf, who allowed members of the gang from Liverpool to drive to Carlisle with heroin to be processed at his home.
The gang used a tactic known as 'cuckooing', a way in which drug dealers claim the home of a vulnerable person as a base to deal drugs from.
They were caught following a robbery on 7 February 2016, when Braden Moreton, Kelly Scott and another man attacked a 50-year-old in his flat on Lightfoot Drive.
Braden Moreton attacked the man with a hammer, a wrench and the victim’s own crutch. He suffered a broken jaw over a debt he claimed he did not owe.
Detective Constable Sam Johnson, of the Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said:
This was a criminal gang that was intent on supplying Class A drugs for their own financial benefit and would use violence and intimidation to enforce their activity.