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St Ann's drugs ring locked up

January 11, 2019
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Four people involved in drugs supply in the St Ann's area of Nottingham have been sentenced to a combined total of over 28 years in prison.

It follows a major police investigation into the supply of heroin, crack cocaine, and cannabis. The head of the operation was found to be a man called Javan Swanwick, of Acacia Avenue in Carlton. The 27-year-old controlled a drug line called the 'Teet line' branded to his street name, which had a large and profitable customer base estimated by drugs experts to have a turnover of between £124,890 and £187,335 during the period of the conspiracy between June 2016 and April 2017.

Customers would call the 'Teet line' and place an order for drugs such as heroin, crack cocaine, and cannabis. Swanwick’s employees; William John, 27, of Pembroke Court in Nottingham; Dean Lappin, 40, of Corporation Oaks and Keeton Lees, 22, of The Wells Road in Nottingham, would hold the drug line telephone, taking orders from their customers. The drugs were then couriered by cars to buyers around St Ann’s and nearby areas. 

As a result of intelligence gathered by Nottinghamshire Police Serious and Organised Crime Team, an enforcement operation commenced in April 2017. Multiple search warrants were executed at addresses linked to those involved in the conspiracy. Heroin, crack cocaine, and cannabis with a street value of over £5,000 was seized during these searches. Officers also seized money to the value of £7,600.

During the investigation, Daniel Jones, of Deabill Street in Netherfield, was detained by police officers in a vehicle being used by the group. A large quantity of heroin and crack cocaine with a street value of £9,540 was seized from the vehicle. The 29-year-old pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs on 27 October 2017 and was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison.

The group today previously pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and received the following sentences:

Javan Swanwick was sentenced to  seven years and eight months.

Dean Lappin was sentenced to eight years and three months.

Keeton Lees was sentenced to  six years and one month.

William John was sentenced to six years and two months.

Detective Inspector Richard Bull said: "Today marks the end of a successful investigation in which nine people have been convicted for various drug offences and various amounts of Class A and B drugs have been recovered.

"We're pleased to say that a group who were paramount to supplying drugs in the St Ann's area have been taken off the streets and locked up for their crimes.

"This case goes to show that we robustly investigate drug offences in Nottinghamshire, we use intelligence and a full range of policing methods to get the evidence we need. Often these investigations are protracted and complex and take time to come to fruition but we will not tolerate drug supply and the misery it can bring to communities and individuals alike.

"We will do everything within our powers to put a stop to it and bring offenders to justice.

"My team have worked incredibly hard on this case and I'd like to thank them for their passion and dedication as well as the members of the public who helped by providing information."

If you have information about drug supply or any other criminality in your area then you can report this confidentially through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or alternatively contact your local Police on 101.

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