Lincs: Drugs gang with links to North Notts has been jailed for a total of 113 years and 10 months

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A drugs gang with links to North Nottinghamshire who flooded Grantham with more than £1 million worth of heroin and cocaine have been jailed for a total 113 years and 10 months.

The gang, headed up by Grantham man Jonathan Ferry, also brought in significant amounts of both M Cat and amphetamine into town and were set to make vast profits from their illegal activities.

Drugs were couriered in from as far as Manchester and Nottinghamshire as a result of links made between Ferry’s Grantham based gang and other organised crime groups, Lincoln Crown Court heard.

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Ferry, who was described as the “head” of the Grantham group, was jailed for 16 years at Lincoln Crown Court.

New Ollerton based James Straw was also jailed for 16 years and Tyrone Sly, from Retford, was jailed for 10 and half years.

Matthew Lowe, prosecuting, said the case arose from the organised supply of class A and class B drugs in the East Midlands. He that the heroin supplies were brought in from North Nottinghamshire area with up to 2.5 kgs with a street sale value of £137,000 being supplied at a time. It was estimated that at least 10 deliveries of heroin were made to Grantham.

Police arrested all 12 men over a two-day period in October 2014. A 13th defendant, Francesca Moynihan, from Salford, received a 12 month suspended prison sentence.

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Nine men and one woman admitted charges of conspiracy to supply drugs between January 1, and October 23, 2014. They are Jonathan Paul Ferry, 46, of Larch Close, Grantham; Paul Hull, 47, of Grantley Street, Grantham; Adam Higgs, 24, of Shaw Road, Grantham; Ashley Toulson, 27, of Edward Street, Grantham; Stuart Frazier, 54, of Princess Drive, Grantham; Tyrone Sly, 46, of Bye Path Road, Retford; Ryan Anderson, 31, of Walmer Street, Gorton, Manchester; Martin Cooper,31, formerly of Grantham; Francesca Moynihan ,23, of Hawthorn Drive, Salford; and Luke Smith, 30, of Goulden Street, Salford.

Three other men denied charges of conspiracy to supply drugs between the same dates but were convicted by a jury following a two month trial. They are James Straw, 50, of Petersmith Drive, New Ollerton, Newark; Jamie Darby, 39, of Princess Drive, Grantham; and Adam Gill, 29 , of South Parade, Grantham.

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