Heroin gang linking Devon to Merseyside, Scotland and Wales…
A DRUGS gang has been sentenced to more than 192 years for a massive heroin supply network linking Devon with Merseyside, Scotland, Cornwall and South Wales.
Merseyside Police have brought to justice 18 men and two women who have been convicted of conspiracy to supply drugs.
It follows an extensive investigation by the Matrix Serious Organised Crime team into the supply of heroin.
Two men from Tavistock in Devon were part of the gang sent to prison.
Mervin Hyde, 49, of Russell Court, Tavistock, headed up a heroin supply operation in the South West with Beth Flower. They received kilos of heroin on a weekly basis and were in direct contact with Liverpool kingpins Lee Halpin and Andrew Worrall. Hyde was sentenced to 11 years
Flower, 29, of Russell Court, Tavistock, received nine years.
During the investigation on five separate occasions detectives seized heroin (six kilos in total) and eight kilos of adulterant with an estimated street value of between £840,000 and £1.4m. One of the five seizures recovered heroin and adulterants with an estimated street value of between £600,000 and £1m).
Detective Superintendent of Devon and Cornwall police Ken Lamont said: "This Operation centred on the main suspect Mervyn Hyde who was involved in the supply of Class A drugs across North & West Devon.
"The operation was able to establish a very strong link with Merseyside and an effective liaison and working relationship with their 'Matrix' team enabled this wider conspiracy to be established which is I believe reflected in the evidence secured and the extent of the sentences that have been passed."
Lee Halpin, 30 years, of St Nicholas Road, Prescot, was at the centre of the conspiracy with Andrew Worrall and Carl Smyth. Halpin along with Worrall controlled the drugs factory on Merseyside. The three controlled a number of drugs couriers and were in direct contact with the other defendants from South Wales, Devon and Scotland. He was sentenced to eight years.
Detective Superintendent Lee Turner, said: "Twenty people have been sentenced today for their part in a conspiracy to supply drugs in Merseyside, Scotland, Devon and Cornwall and South Wales. Amongst those sentenced were four people from Newport in South Wales, three people from Devon and Cornwall and four people from Scotland, who had links to an organised crime group on Merseyside which was distributing drugs around the country.
"Organised crime groups like this, who deal in the wholesale supply and distribution of controlled drugs, don't care about the impact that supply of drugs has in our communities."