Nine men jailed for more than 187 years for production and supply of drugs on ‘industrial scale’







Nine men jailed for more than 187 years for production and supply of drugs on ‘industrial scale’

by Henry James (August 2022)

NINE men with connections to Maghull, Halsall and Formby have been jailed for a total of more than 187 years for their involvement in the production and supply of controlled drugs on an industrial scale across Great Britain.

It is estimated that Class A and B drugs, valued at more than £6m, were either supplied or offered for supply between April and June 2020.

A joint investigation between Merseyside Police and North Wales Police uncovered the distribution of the drugs across England, Wales and Scotland by an organised crime group (OCG).

Two of the group were also part of a conspiracy to possess and supply prohibited firearms.

The evidence was unearthed as part of an Encrochat enquiry with evidence linking the group to premises near the North Wales border near Chester and evidence of Class A and B drug dealing around the Maghull area.

The North Wales investigation was focused upon a drugs lab in Sealand which was used to produce amphetamine on a multi-million-pound commercial scale and on occasions to produce or attempt to produce other Class B drugs.

Detectives on Merseyside were able to establish that a storage unit in the Aintree area had also been used by the group to store a large quantity of chemicals and equipment relating to amphetamine production.

It also emerged that the OCG were producing amphetamine for intravenous use making it a Class A controlled drug instead of its normal Class B classification.

Paul Mount, Anthony Saunderson and Darren Owens, were all the principal organisers in the group and were all involved in the wholesale dealing of controlled drugs on a massive scale.

Mount, 38, from Halsall, was convicted of conspiracy to produce and supply Class A drug (Amphetamine), conspiracy to produce and supply a Class B drug (amphetamine), conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (cocaine and heroin), conspiracy to supply other Class B drugs (cannabis, ketamine, MCAT and Diazepam) and conspiracy to acquire or purchase a prohibited weapon.

He was jailed for a total of 34 years.

Anthony Saunderson, 42, of Formby, was convicted of conspiracy to produce and supply Class A drugs (amphetamine), conspiracy to produce and supply Class B drugs (amphetamine), conspiracy to supply a Class A drugs (cocaine and heroin), conspiracy to supply other Class B drugs (cannabis, ketamine, MCAT and Diazepam) and conspiracy to sell or transfer prohibited weapons.

He was jailed for a total of 35 years.

Michael Pope, 35, from Maghull, was convicted of conspiracy to supply Class B (amphetamine), conspiracy to supply Class A (cocaine and heroin) and conspiracy to supply other Class B drugs (cannabis, ketamine, MCAT and Diazepam). He was jailed for a total of 17 years and six months.

Darren Owens, 48, of Huyton, was convicted of conspiracy to produce and supply a Class A drugs (Amphetamine), conspiracy to produce and supply a Class B drug (amphetamine), conspiracy to supply other Class B drugs (cannabis, ketamine, MCAT and Diazepam) and conspiracy to produce other Class B drugs (ketamine and MCAT). He was jailed for a total of 24 years.

Kieran Hartley, 32, of Moss Side, Liverpool, was convicted of conspiracy to produce and supply Class A drugs (amphetamine), conspiracy to produce and supply a Class B drug (amphetamine), conspiracy to supply other Class B drugs (cannabis, ketamine, MCAT and Diazepam) and conspiracy to produce other Class B drugs (ketamine and MCAT). He was jailed for a total of 23 years.

Lee Eccles, 33, of Maghull was convicted of conspiracy to produce and supply Class B (amphetamine). He was jailed for a total of eight years and nine months.

David Kelly, 44, from Maghull, was convicted of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (amphetamine), conspiracy to supply Class B drugs (amphetamine), conspiracy to supply Class A (cocaine and heroin) and conspiracy to supply other Class B drugs (cannabis, ketamine, MCAT and Diazepam. He was jailed for a total of 15 years and three months.

Stefon Beeby, 42, of Halifax, was convicted of conspiracy to produce and supply Class A drugs (amphetamine) and conspiracy to produce and supply a Class B drug (amphetamine). He was jailed for 15 years and six months.

Stephen Shearwood, 38, of Maghull, was convicted of conspiracy to produce and supply Class B drugs (amphetamine), conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (cocaine and heroin) and conspiracy to supply other Class B drugs (cannabis, ketamine, MCAT and Diazepam). He was jailed for a total of 14 years and four months.

A 10th man, Connor Smith, 29, of Maghull, will be sentenced on September 22.



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