'Professional' drug gang jailed
PUBLISHED: 09:12 03 September 2015 | UPDATED: 09:12 03 September 2015
Two Portishead men have been jailed for their role in a 'professional' drugs gang, trafficking millions of pounds worth of heroin and cocaine across the UK.
Chad Bray, aged 31, and Darren Mayhew, aged 33, were among six men sentenced at Bristol Crown Court, with the gang being jailed for more than 60 years between them, as police seized drugs worth almost £1million.
The Portishead pair, along with men from Bristol, Bolton, Liverpool and Cheshire, were arrested during police raids last year.
Police officers seized an Audi, a BMW, a narrowboat and £85,000 during the raids.
They also discovered about 4kg of cocaine and almost 3kg of heroin, with a combined street value of £968,900.
However, it is thought the value of the gang’s operation may have been worth five times that much, with drugs being brought into Bristol from Liverpool and Manchester.
Bray was arrested on October 24 in Whitchurch, Bristol, while Mayhew was arrested in Newfoundland Way in Portishead, three weeks later.
Bray, of Guillemot Road, admitted conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine and was handed a 14-year prison term.
Mayhew, of Watch House Place, received a jail sentence of five years and four months after pleading guilty to possessing heroin with intent to supply.
Chief Inspector Tina Robinson, senior investigating officer for the operation and the newly-appointed North Somerset Policing Area Commander, hopes the sentences act as a strong warning to those involved in supplying drugs.
She said: “I am really pleased with the results.
“I hope it sends a message to those involved in the supply of Class A drugs that we will investigate, as well as reassuring local people we will take action against those bringing drugs into our communities.”
The other men sentenced included 29-year-old Jordan Rodgers of Timperley in Cheshire who was jailed for 14 years after pleading guilty to the same offences as Bray.
Matthew Kemery, aged 40, of Kellaway Avenue in Bristol, was jailed for 11-and-a-half years after admitting conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine and possessing a sawn-off shotgun and having a gun without a licence.
Twenty-nine Callum Brewer, of Hudson Close in Bolton, and Stephen Jamieson, aged 35, of Atterbury Street in Liverpool, were both jailed for 10 years after pleading guilty to conspiring to supply heroin and cocaine.
Recorder Andrew Maitland, sentencing the men on August 26, said: “I am satisfied the police had not conducted an investigation into an operation (which was) in its infancy.
“This was a well-oiled, efficient commercial enterprise carried out with professionalism and skill.”