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Families among those jailed in drug crime blitz

03/02/2016

Entire families are among 62 people and sentenced to almost a century behind bars in a Sandwell blitz on drug dealers and criminals.

Mothers and sons, partners, brothers and brothers-in-law as well as cousins are among those made to pay for dealing drugs, handling stolen goods and other crimes. 

Spring Safer Six GUILTY

Codenamed Spring Safer Six, the covert policing operation was months in the planning and was sparked by community concerns about kerbside drug dealing. 

In addition to prison sentences totalling 89 years − with more yet to come - judges issued:

  • 370 hours of unpaid work. 
  • £1,140 in fines. 
  • Four year-long community orders. 
  • Four year-long supervision orders. 
  • Two drug rehabilitation orders. 
  • One criminal behaviour order with 17 more to be heard next month. 

"With so many people appearing in court sentencing has taken over two weeks," said Chief Inspector Jane Parry from Sandwell Police.

"Typically when a person in sentenced for their crimes, that marks the end of the process. For Spring Safer Six the jail terms are just beginning!

"We’re now working with Sandwell Council to evict or warn those people who lost their right to a home when they chose to make their neighbours lives a misery by dealing drugs or committing other crimes on their doorsteps. Others have already left their council homes ahead of the imminent action.

"In March, 17 of those convicted will return to court as a judge decides whether to grant criminal behaviour orders banning them from certain areas to stop them and imposing other conditions to stop them offending when they’re released from jail.

"Our specialist Offender Management Unit is also on standby ready for the release of those targeted by the operation. They will work closely with drugs workers and others to make sure Spring Safer Six nominals stay on the straight and narrow."

With criminal proceedings complete Sandwell Police are now also looking to recover thousands of pounds in cash from nine people under the Process of Crime Act (PoCA). 

The Act allows officers to seize the homes, cars and other assets - such as jewellery - of those convicted of crimes and who are unable to prove they bought the items by legitimate means. 

Failure to comply with the court ordering the handover of cash can result in a further jail term.

The money recovered under PoCA is ploughed back into local community crime-fighting initiatives. 

Sandwell Council Leader Councillor Darren Cooper said: "We welcome the prosecutions of these people which clearly demonstrate that crime doesn’t pay and drug dealers will be brought to justice. 

"I would like to thank the police, council staff, our partners and members of the public who have helped bring this about."

Sixty-six people were arrested in six days of co-ordinated swoops across Birmingham and the Black Country in April and May 2015. 

Hundreds of police officers and police staff from across the West Midlands were involved in the initiative.

To share the news of the convictions a giant mobile TV screen displaying the custody mugshots toured Oldbury, Rowley Regis, Smethwick, Tipton, Wednesbury and West Bromwich on Sunday (31 January) as officers urged people to come forward with even more information about criminals operating in the area. 

To pay for their fixes, users would commit crimes like burglary and robbery stealing bikes, mobile phones and other valuables to sell on. 

As part of the operation officers seized hundreds of items of suspected stolen property. 

Hope Church on Marsh Lane in Hateley Heath was turned into a temporary Aladdin’s cave with victims of crime invited along to see if their valuables were some of those recovered.

The event was even streamed live over the internet by the force prompting the owners of a £2,000 electric powered mountain bike, a BMX and power tools to come forward.

To report those responsible for crime call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

Four people convicted as part of Spring Safer Six will be sentenced for their crimes next month.

For advice and support breaking free from drugs visit: www.sandwell.gov.uk/healthysandwell 

For exclusive photographs and films from the raids along with custody image of those sentenced visit the Spring Safer Six Flickr album

Details of those who were found or pleaded guilty as part of Spring Safer Six:

  • Andrew Baker (M), 33, unemployed of Ramsey Close, West Bromwich. Handed a 12 month community order and a 12 month supervision order for being concerned in the supply of cannabis. He was also ordered to undertake 100 hours of unpaid work. 
  • James Brennan (M), 29, unemployed of no fixed address. Adjourned until next week. 
  • Justin Brook (M), 30, unemployed of Grace Road, Tipton, Sandwell. Jailed for 18 months for conspiracy to supply crack cocaine. 
  • Reece Cherrington (M), 21, unemployed of Wallace Road, Bradley, Wolverhampton. Jailed for 18 months for supplying cannabis. 
  • Brandon Coates (M), 19, unemployed of Bassett Crescent, Hateley Heath, West Bromwich. Jailed for six months (suspended for 12 months) for conspiracy to handle stolen goods. 
  • Liam Coates (M), 21, unemployed of no fixed address. Jailed for six months for conspiracy to handle stolen goods. 
  • Gareth Dawson (M), 29, unemployed of Sandfield Road, West Bromwich. Jailed for 22 months for conspiracy to hande stolen goods, being concerned in the supply of cannabis and supplying crack cocaine. 
  • Daniel Delahaye (M), 27, unemployed of no fixed address. Jailed for 40 months for conspiracy to supply crack cocaine. 
  • Gary Delahaye (M), 49, unemployed of Wellington Road, Perry Barr, Birmingham. To be sentenced 11 March for conspiracy to supply crack cocaine. 
  • Dion Dixon (M), 25, unemployed of Wedgbury Close, Wednesbury. Jailed for 36 months for conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and possession with intent to supply cannabis. 
  • Shane Dukes (M), 21, unemployed of Arron Manby Court, Princess End, Tipton. Jailed for nine months for conspiracy to handle stolen goods. 
  • Jacob Fogoe (M), 23, unemployed of Wyrley Road, Witton, Birmingham. Jailed for 24 months for conspiracy to supply crack cocaine. 
  • Wendy Gibbons (F), 42, unemployed of Beacon View Road, Charlemont Farm, West Bromwich. Jailed for 24 months for conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin. 
  • Jaskirandeep Gill (M), 22, unemployed of Middle Meadow, Tipton. Handed a 12 month community order and a 12 month supervision order as well as being fined £500 and given a 30 day activity requirement. 
  • Zoheeb Habib, (M), 24, unemployed of Wilson Road, Lozells, Birmingham. Jailed for 30 months for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine. 
  • Daquarn Hamil-Smith (M), 21, unemployed of Rollason Road, Erdington, Birmingham. Jailed for 12 months (suspended for two years) and ordered to completed 150 hours unpaid work for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine. 
  • Philip Harper (M), 23, unemployed of Chapel Street, West Bromwich. Jailed for 10 months (suspended for two years) for conspiracy to handle stolen goods. 
  • Claire Hickman (F), 30, unemployed of Hamstead Road, Great Barr, Birmingham. Jailed for 20 months for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine. 
  • Robert Hill, (M), 43, Unemployed of Carisbrooke Road, Wednesbury. Jailed for 32 months for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine. 
  • Stacey Hilton (F), 28, unemployed of Sandfield Road, West Bromwich. Jailed for 18 months (suspended for 12 months) with a 30 specified activity order being concerned in the supply of cannabis and crack cocaine, and possession of cannabis. 
  • Ashley Howen (M), 29, unemployed of Hartlebury Road, Lion Farm Estate, Oldbury. Jailed for 30 weeks, fined £150 and handed an indefinite criminal behaviour order for conspiracy to handle stolen goods. 
  • Issam Ali Irfan (M), 27, unemployed of Dale Street, Wednesbury. Jailed for 24 months for conspiracy to supply crack cocaine. 
  • Kelly Jesson (F), 27, unemployed of Grace Road, Tipton, Sandwell. Jailed for 18 months (suspended for two years) for conspiracy to supply crack cocaine. 
  • Jaspal Singh Johal (M), 41, unemployed of Langdon Gardens, Oldbury. Jailed for 30 months for conspiracy to supply cocaine and conspiracy to supply amphetamine. 
  • Amandeep Kaur Gill (F), 23, unemployed of St Mark’s Road, Smethwick. Jailed for 32 months for conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin. 
  • Stuart Lawley (M), 30, factory worker of Young Street, West Bromwich. Jailed for 24 months for conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin. 
  • Andrew Lilley (M), 27, unemployed of Campville Crescent, West Bromwich. Jailed for 15 months for possession with intent to supply cannabis and supplying cannabis. 
  • Darren Lilley (M), 24, unemployed of no fixed address. Jailed for 12 months for breach of an existing anti-social behaviour and conspiracy to handle stolen good. 
  • Stacey Mansell (M), 39, unemployed of The Green, Darlaston, Wednesbury. Jailed for 28 monthsfor conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin. 
  • Stefan Mason (M), 41, unemployed of no fixed address. Jailed for five years and seven months for conspiracy to supply crack cocaine. 
  • Keith Melia (M), 52, unemployed of Windmill Street, Wednesbury. To be sentenced next month for conspiracy to supply cocaine, conspiracy to supply amphetamine and production of cannabis. 
  • Ricky Millard (M), 27, unemployed of Campville Crescent, West Bromwich. Jailed for four months for breach of an existing anti-social behaviour order. 
  • Edgar Milkis (M), 33, unemployed of no fixed address. Jailed for 18 months for being concerned in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine. 
  • Anthony Noon (M), 36, unemployed of no fixed address. Jailed for 30 months for the supply of crack cocaine, breach of suspended sentence, battery, witness intimidation and obstructing a police officer. 
  • Adam Padmore (M), 34, unemployed of Beacon View Road, West Bromwich. Jailed for 18 months for supplying cannabis and possession of cannabis. 
  • Jasbir Singh Rai (M), 47, factory worker of Queens Road, Tipton, Dudley. Jailed for 32 months for conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and heroin. 
  • Martyn Rawle (M), 32, unemployed of Willows Close, Cradley Heath. Jailed for 39 months for supplying crack cocaine, supplying heroin and handling stolen goods. 
  • Andraias Reid-Watson (M), 33, unemployed of West Road, Tipton, Jailed for 26 months for conspiracy to supply crack cocaine. 
  • Reece Roberts (M), 23, unemployed of Primrose Lane, Scotlands, Wolverhampton. Jailed for 54 months for conspiracy to supply crack cocaine and possession with intent to supply crack cocaine. 
  • Carl Russell (M), 37, unemployed of Friar Park Road, Wednesbury. Handed a 12 month community order and a 12 month supervision order for handling stolen goods. 
  • Richard Russell (M), 23, unemployed of no fixed address. Jailed for six months for conspiracy to handle stolen goods. 
  • Wayne Russell (M), 40, unemployed of Campville Crescent, West Bromwich. Jailed for 15 months for conspiracy to handle stolen goods, theft from a motor vehicle and breach of a suspended sentence. 
  • Jordan Smith (M), 20, unemployed of Essex Avenue, Hateley Heath. Jailed for seven months for conspiracy to handle stolen goods and breach of an existing criminal anti-social behaviour order. 
  • Aaron Stokes (M), 27, unemployed of no fixed address. Jailed for six months conspiracy to handle stolen goods. 
  • Hamza Sufi (M), 24, unemployed of no fixed address. Jailed for 10 months for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine. 
  • Scott Timmins, (M), 25, unemployed of no fixed address. Jailed for 12 months for 12 months for conspiracy to handle stolen goods. 
  • Nico Thomas (M), 24, unemployed of Inchcape Avenue, Handsworth Wood, Birmingham. Jailed for 18 months for conspiracy to supply crack cocaine. 
  • Nicola Turner (F), 42, of Primrose Lane, Bushbury, Wolverhampton. She will be sentenced at a date yet to be set for possession with intent to supply crack cocaine. 
  • Mahboob Raja Walayat (M), 24, unemployed of Westminster Rd, Handsworth, Birmingham. Jailed for 36 months for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine. 
  • Mark Wilkes (M), 32, unemployed of Pavillion Avenue, Smethwick. Jailed for 16 months (suspended for two years) for conspiracy to supply cocaine. 
  • Shaun Whinnery (M), 48, unemployed of Beaconview Road, Charlemont Farm, West Bromwich. Jailed for nine months for burglary and taking a car without the owner’s consent. 
  • Stephen Whinnery (M), 52, unemployed of Beaconview Road, Charlemont Farm, West Bromwich. Jailed for two years and nine months for supplying crack cocaine and cannabis, and conspiracy to handle stolen goods. 
  • Craig Wise (M), 28, unemployed of no fixed address. Jailed for nine months for conspiracy to handle stolen goods. 
  • Arfan Zafar (M), 26, of Archibald Road, Lozells. Birmingham. Jailed for 42 months for conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine, and breach of a suspended sentence. 

Three men were under 18-years-old when they committed their crimes and therefore cannot be named: 

  • One from Hill Top, West Bromwich was handed a 12 month rehabilitation order and ordered to undertake 60 hours of unpaid work. 
  • One from Hateley Heath, West Bromwich was jailed for six months (suspended for one year) and ordered to complete 60 hours unpaid work for conspiracy to handle stolen goods. 
  • A third, from Bradley in Wolverhampton was jailed for 13 months for conspiracy to handle stolen goods and breach of an existing criminal anti-social behaviour order. 

Four people were sentenced at the time and have completed their punishment:

  • A 31-year-old man from Southey Close, Willenhall, Walsall was handed a 12 month supervision order, was tagged and ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £145 costs for handling stolen goods. 
  • A 33-year-old man from Wylde Crescent, Rowley Regis in Warley was fined £200 for handling stolen goods. 
  • A 48-year-old woman from Willows Close, Cradley Heath was tagged and given a 14 day night time curfew banning her from leaving her home as well as receiving a community order and an £85 fine for cannabis production.
  • A 38-year-old man from Cumberland Road, Hateley Heath was handed a six month community order and ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £180 in court costs for production of cannabis.