A DRAYCOTT in the Moors man has been jailed for three years for supplying Class A and B drugs in Stoke-on-Trent.
Rod Boyd, 29, of St Margarets Court, was one of five men in an organised crime group sentenced to a total of 21 years’ jail for offences relating to the supply of drugs in the Stoke-on-Trent area.
The other members were Nathan Henshall, 26, of Frodingham Road, Stoke-on-Trent; Michael Gerrity, 30, of Wellfield Road, Stoke-on-Trent; Ashley Pace, 28, of Dorchester Walk, Stoke-on-Trent; and John Jeffers, 59, of Greenway Close, Liverpool.
They were charged with conspiracy to supply Class A and Class B drugs including cocaine, amphetamine and Mkat.
Henshall was the organiser of the supply, responsible for sourcing large quantities of drugs from Merseyside on multiple occasions. He subsequently became responsible for controlling other members of the Crime Group who collected, cut up and distributed the drugs on his behalf.
Detectives from Staffordshire Police’s Major and Organised Crime investigations department gathered intelligence and in January 2015 officers stopped a car being driven by Pace on the A500 in Stoke-on-Trent and discovered 252 grams of cocaine of high purity with a street value of more than £20,000.
The search also uncovered 2kg of amphetamines with a street value of between £2,200 and £6,700.
Following Pace’s arrest the group switched their activity so that drugs were couriered from Liverpool to Stoke via the rail network.
In June 2017 officers searched Jeffers at Stoke railway station and found £5,990 in cash. Gerrity, who drove away, was stopped a short distance from the railway station and found in possession of around £6,000 worth of cocaine.
Text messages were exchanged between Henshall and other members of the group in which delivery times were agreed. In one text sent on 10 January 2015 Henshall agreed that sales of drugs were slow after Christmas.
Detective Inspector Lesley Fowler, of Staffordshire Police, said: “This was a very complex case and it took months to put together the case against these men. Officers have been involved in a great deal of detailed work.
“Staffordshire Police takes its duty to protect the public very seriously and will not hesitate to tackle those who try to profit from dealing drugs. This group was highly organised and, despite complaining of poor sales after Christmas, they were selling large quantities of drugs. They were peddling misery on the streets of Staffordshire and I’m glad they are being punished for their crimes.”
Judge Paul Glenn commended the investigation by Staffordshire Police’s Major and Organised Crime investigations department.
“This thorough investigation has removed some drug dealers from the streets of Stoke-on-Trent,” he said.