Five jailed for dealing drugs in Leigh

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FIVE drug dealers have been jailed for nearly 40 years after being found guilty of supplying cocaine in the Leigh area,

Philip Turner, 31, of Hulme Road, Leigh, Michael Hayes, 35, of Eldon Street, Leigh, Gemma Bond, 30, of Clifton Street, Leigh and Scott Wilde, 25, of Wood Lane, Partington pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs at an earlier hearing.

Lee Shaw, 36, of Platt Street, Leigh pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine. Turner received 10 years, Hayes 11 years, Bond seven years, Wilde four years and Shaw seven years.

They were all jailed today at Liverpool Crown Court.

At the beginning of May 2014, an operation was launched to tackle the supply of class A drugs in the Leigh area.

On a number of occasions in May, Turner was seen meeting up with Hayes, either at car parks or at his Hayes’ home. There were also text messages between Bond, Hayes and Turner relating to dropping drugs off and asking how much it would cost.

On July 25 2014, police executed a warrant at Shaw’s home on Platt Street after Turner was seen to go into the house carrying a package. Shaw was then spotted placing a package in a dustbin. It was recovered and the cocaine had a street value of nearly £29,000.

A further search found a bedroom had been set up to cut and weigh the drugs as well as packaging it. Turner and Shaw were arrested.

Following Turner’s arrest, Michael Hayes took his position and was in continuous contact with Gemma Bond and Scott Wilde.

On September 5 2014, Hayes and Bond drove to Warburton and met another car associated to Scott Wilde on a car park. A short time later, Bond’s car was stopped and searched. Inside was Cocaine with a street value of £9,000.

A further search took place at her home on Clifton Street where a further ten bags of Cocaine was recovered.

All three were arrested.

Detective Constable David Clark said: “All five defendants were in an organised crime group with Turner clearly the main man who headed it up the drugs gang. Hayes was his right hand man and following Turner’s arrest, he took it upon himself to keep the operation going alongside Bond and Wilde.

“They were responsible for supplying thousands of pounds worth of drugs on the streets of Leigh but thanks to this operation, we have put a stop to that. I would ask anyone who may have information as to where drugs are being dealt or produced to contact police as soon as possible. Drugs are the scourge of our neighbourhoods but together, we can tackle the problem head on.”