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18 people were convicted at Swansea Crown Court

Eighteen members of a drug gang, estimated to have traded GBP 1.1 million in heroin and cocaine, were detained.

They used drugs and cars to transport drugs from Merseyside across central Wales for a two-year period, sometimes carrying the drugs within them.

They dealt with vulnerable youth to monitor drug trafficking.

Swansea Crown Court heard that they would send "add-ons" to drug addicts to inform them of the arrival of a new shipment.

The court heard details of the "nifty" conspiracy led by the Merseyside organized crime group in Llandrindod Wells and Newtown. Geraint Walters praised the power of not being satisfied with "catching the user of the understated street vendor." ", but to have" the source "in sight.

The group used couriers to transport them to Llandrindod Wells and Newtown – often with drugs that are hidden in themselves or in the couriers to avoid police detection – on the city streets to be sold.

All defendants pleaded guilty to the conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.

Michael Williams, 20, of Aberdale Road, Liverpool, sentenced to eight years in prison
28-year-old Karl O & # 39; Hara from Upton Green, Liverpool, was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison
Ryan Langshaw, 21, without permanent residence, sentenced to six and a half years in prison
22-year-old Jack Ross from Witney Road in Liverpool was sentenced to three years and six months in prison
Anthony Andrew Byrne, 34, from Hillcrest Rise, Llandrindod Wells, was sentenced to 12 years
Rebecca Lloyd, 35, of Hillcrest Rise, Llandrindod Wells, was sentenced to nine years and eight months
Daniel Putterill, 22, from Tewit Hall Close, Liverpool, sentenced to four years in prison
Anthony James Butterworth, 52, from Heol Pengwern, Newtown, sentenced to five years in prison
Hazee Pardoe Wedge, 24, from Park Terrace, Llandrindod Wells, sentenced to four years in prison
David Brown, 35, of Little Weston, Montgomery, sentenced to six years in prison
Clive Phillips, 45, from Railway Terrace, Builth Wells, sentenced to seven years and two months
Nathan Duringer, 19, of Armscott Close, Liverpool, was sentenced to three years and two months
Danielle Edith Wye, 29, of Pine Court, Newtown, sentenced to three years and two months
Merlin Bonner, 30, from Nant Glas, Powys, sentenced to three years and four months
Johann Hughes, 45, from Maes y Nant, Rhayader, sentenced to three years and seven months
David Cledwyn Jones, 59, from Black Lane, Presteigne, sentenced to eight years in prison
Twenty-year-old Jack Chew from Dam Wood Road in Liverpool was sentenced to three years and seven months in prison
Nigel Barnett, 44, of Nant Glas, Powys, sentenced to six years in prison

The Newtown hub was in Butterworth's home, and in Llandrindod Wells the gang used the home of Byrne and Lloyd "crime rates and police calls.

Police said community members had Afraid to leave their children outside.

They also said when the occupiers were arrested, neighbors enthusiastically lined the street. " Applause from the police. "

Judge Walters informed the court that this was the first time that he had heard of such a profound reaction from a community in which dozens of people were ruined by the conspiracy



Judge Geraint Walters told Swansea Crown Court that it was the first time he had heard a response from a community that was "so profound".

The judge said the "true malice of the company" was proven by the death of a young man named Simon Davies in Llandrindod in 2017.

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" Rebecca Lloyd had sent him messages when medication was available. There are indications that he was in contact with Anthony Byrne for similar reasons. "

The police made a breakthrough in May when they found out in 2019 that O & # 39; Hara – who was taking a taxi from Liverpool to Mid Wales – internally secreted about 38 grams of heroin and a similar amount of crack cocaine The street value of the drugs was £ 8,400.

Residents of Llandrindod Wells and Newtown were also used by the gang to sell the drugs and report to their leaders in Liverpool.

They were mainly used to transport the gang's Liverpool leaders back and forth.


Brown made the most trips and made a total of 30 visits to Liverpool.

The Brown Court was none Drug users and their motivation were "purely commercial".

Phillips, who was described as one of the main couriers, had "battled class A drug addiction all his life" it in court.

However, when the judge detained him for seven years, he said, "If I had struggled with long-term addiction to Class A drugs, the last thing I would do was inflict this misery on others."

Supt Jon Cummins of Dyfed-Powys Police described the convictions as a "fantastic result" for the force and the affected communities.

"We knew there was a problem with OCGs. [organised-crime gangs] From In the UK we travel to our communities to offer Class A drugs in Powys. This is not tolerated."

A 19th person is sentenced in January.

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