Scarborough drugs gang jailed

Gazette & Herald: Scarborough drugs gang jailed Scarborough drugs gang jailed

A GANG who planned to flood Scarborough with drugs worth £275,000 has been sentenced to more than 12 years.

North Yorkshire Police’s Organised Crime Unit began investigating the gang in July 2012, and recovered ecstasy, cannabis, cocaine and amphetamine to secure the convictions.

Jonathan Bailey, 40, of Halsey Close, Oldham, and Graham Clarke, 53, of Chapel Rise, Hunmanby, had earlier pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A and Class B drugs, and were sentenced at York Crown Court. Bailey was handed a six-year prison term, while Clarke was jailed for four-and-half years.

Rachel Clarke, 28, of Cleveland Avenue, Scarborough, was sentenced at a hearing on March 21 to 12 months’ imprisonment for being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.

Sarfraz Hussain, 35, of Newbold Moss, Rochdale, received a nine-month suspended sentence on Tuesday after pleading guilty to money laundering.

The court heard ecstasy tablets with a street value of almost £10,000 were found at Graham Clarke’s house, and Hussain, who had taken a package containing the tablets to him, was arrested in possession of £1,800 payment for the drugs.

Rachel Clarke’s mobile phone showed text messages arranging the sale of ecstasy, and a raid at Bailey’s Oldham home found 53.93kg of cannabis resin, with a street value of more than £231,000, 500g of cocaine worth £32,500 and 176g of amphetamine worth £1,900.

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