FIVE men have been sentenced to more than 14 years in prison for their roles in a major drugs network which heaped ‘crime, ill health and social erosion’ on our communities.
Judge Michael Challinor made the scathing comments as the men arrested as part of Staffordshire Police’s Operation Nemesis campaign began their time in jail.
David Upton, 36, of Balfour Street, Burton, was sentenced to six years for burglary, possession of cannabis, taking a vehicle without consent and attempted theft, as well as conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine.
Lee Clarke, 33, and Scott Clarke, 24, both of Wyggeston Street, Burton, were sentenced to three years and two-and-a-half years respectively for conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
Colin Port, 47, of Belvedere Road, Burton, received 20 months imprisonment, as did Bryn Walker, 44, of Broad Street, Cannock.
Judge Challinor said: “The the extent of the Operation Nemesis revealed there was a real problem in drug supply that existed in Burton which impacted on communities which caused crime, ill heath and significant social erosion.
“Therefore they should expect to go to prison. The sentences are meant to be a deterrent.”
Three dawn raids were carried out across Burton earlier this year as part of the force’s ongoing drive to tackle drug dealers and bring them to justice.
Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey, of the East Staffordshire Local Policing Team, said: “These prison sentences are to be welcomed and send out a strong message to those people dealing in drugs – you will be caught, arrested and put before the courts.
“Staffordshire Police will not tolerate drug misuse and we will continue to take dealers, and their associates, off the streets.
“This work cannot continue without the help and support of local people, and the information they provide about crime in their community is imperative. I would ask that the public continue to let us know about such issues so we can take the appropriate action. Together with our partners we will continue to take a tough stance on criminals involved in drugs.”