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More Scarborough Drug Dealers Sentenced

More Scarborough Drug Dealers Sentenced

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 6:04am 2nd March 2012.

Four people have been sentenced to a total of 11 years imprisonment for their involvement in an organised drugs gang in Scarborough.

Paul William Stubbs, 28, was given a prison term of five years for conspiracy to supply class A drugs and Vanya Louise Thrower, 34, of Alma Square, Scarborough received four years imprisonment for the same offence.

Mark Griffin, 47, of Elders St, Scarborough was given a 12 month sentence suspended for two years. He must also complete a drug’s rehabilitation programme, complete 150 hours of unpaid work and is subject to a two year supervision order. Christina Elizabeth Brown, 30, of  St Nicholas Cliff. Scarborough also received a 12 month prison sentence suspended for two years and must carry out 200 hours of unpaid work, for their part in the conspiracy.

All four pleaded guilty at a previous hearing.

The sentences bring to a conclusion Operation Jugulate, an investigation into an organised Manchester based drugs gang which was operating in Scarborough.

The investigation began in 2009, when police uncovered the fact the group was bringing large quantities of heroin and crack cocaine into the town. Officers from CID, members of the Safer Neighbourhood Team and financial investigators were involved in identifying those involved in the gang and gathering the evidence against them.

DC Andy Hall, of Scarborough CID, said: “I am very pleased with the sentences the court has handed down. They should send the clear message that anyone involved in the illegal drugs trade can expect to face the consequences of their actions.

“Although they were involved in this conspiracy to varying degrees and carried out different roles, such as storing drugs or banking the proceeds, it could not have operated without their involvement.”

DC Hall added: “Although the conspirators in this case have been brought to justice, we have not stopped the efforts to ensure that we target criminals who believe that they can bring drugs into our communities.”

Anyone who has information about people involved in the drugs trade should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 and press option 1. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



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