Gang of seven up on heroin charges
SEVEN people are facing jail after they appeared at Swindon Crown Court yesterday and admitted their part in a major class A drugs conspiracy.
They were brought before the court after an investigation by Wiltshire Police special operations unit into the supply of heroin into Swindon.
Alan Beattie, 44, of Bridge Street, Jason Handley, 34, of Crawford Close, Martin Johnson, 32, of Victoria Road, Damien Rue, 23, of Tamworth Drive, Kalesha Dawkins, 23, of Loxley Walk, Ellis Maven-Hazleton, 19, of Lexington Grove, Reading and a 17-year-old youth who cannot be named for legal reasons, all admitted conspiring to supply class A drugs between February 1 and July 10 this yea.
Their early plea will now knock a third from their ultimate sentence, which is to be decided at a later date.
The defendants are all scheduled to return to court on November 22 for a plea and case management hearing.
Beattie, Handley, Johnson and Rue have been remanded on custody, Dawkins and the 17-year-old have been granted unconditional bail. Maven-Hazleton has been bailed, but electronically tagged at his own request.
The Reading man asked to remain in his address at Lexington Grove between the hours of 9pm and 7am, which Judge Douglas Field agreed.
Among the homes raided in July, was a flat above the new Texicans restaurant in Regent Circus, and police also seized undisclosed amounts of cash and drugs, which have been sent for forensic testing but are believed to be heroin.
Following analysis of surveillance tapes, police found weighing scales, drugs and a list of drug dealers’ names. Rue was allegedly found in possession of a quantity of heroin upon his arrest.
Detective Inspector Ben Mant of Wiltshire Police CID, said: “A series of warrants were executed at addresses in Swindon and Reading on July 9, 2013 as part of a wider investigation.
"As a result of these warrants drugs and cash were seized, and seven people have now admitted their part in this incident.
“I would like to take this opportunity to stress the importance of community-led intelligence.
“The value of this intelligence should never be underestimated. We rely on local communities feeding us information about anything out of the ordinary.
“Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”)