Duo jailed for role in ma­jor drugs ring

Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY MILL TRAGEDY -

TWO men from Mac­cles­field have been jailed for their part in a ‘so­phis­ti­cated and large scale’ drug deal­ing net­work.

Peter Ricky Hall­worth, of Old Mill Lane, Mac­cles­field, and Christo­pher John Pyke, of Pitt Street, on the Moss, were both in­volved in an elab­o­rate drug ring in North Wales.

A third man who runs a taxi firm in Wilm­slow, Heath Noel Bowl­ing, was also jailed.

The trio were in ca­hoots with drug boss Paul David Wil­liams, from Ban­gor, who was run­ning his drug em­pire from be­hind bars.

Bowl­ing, of High Lane, has been de­scribed as Wil­liams’ ‘chief lieu­tenant’ within the ring.

The whole net­work was un­cov­ered fol­low­ing a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion un­der the co­de­name ‘Mea­sure’ which in­volved of­fi­cers mon­i­tor­ing the move­ments of Pyke and Hall­worth.

They spot­ted Pyke trav­el­ling to Wales for a meet­ing us­ing one of Bowl­ing’s taxis. Five days later they ob­served another meet­ing with Pyke again ar­riv­ing in a Bowl­ing’s taxi - this time car­ry­ing a flow­ery suit­case.

Af­ter Pyke left, po­lice raided the ad­dress and found a large amount of co­caine, cannabis resin, and MCat, along with £11,170 in cash.

Soon af­ter, Pyke was stopped in the taxi and was found to have £6,000 cash on him. Us­ing DNA of­fi­cers were able to di­rectly link Bowl­ing to the drugs re­cov­ered.

In to­tal 29 mem­bers of Paul David Wil­liams’ drug net­work were ar­rested.

Over two and a half days, Judge Niclas Parry doled out more than 70 years of prison time for mem­bers of the ring at Caernar­fon Crown Court.

De­scrib­ing the lower tier roles in­clud­ing Hall­worth and Pyke, pros­e­cut­ing bar­ris­ter Jayne la Grua said: “These de­fen­dants are all in the bot­tom tiers, the deal­ers and run­ners.

“They weren’t the ‘main men’ but they were nec­es­sary to the or­gan­i­sa­tion, mak­ing the wheels turn and mak­ing them­selves some money out of it.”

Hall­worth, 54, who was in charge of the money, was found guilty of money laun­der­ing at a trial and sen­tenced to 15 months in jail.

Pyke, 41 pleaded guilty to con­spir­acy to sup­ply co­caine, cannabis resin, cannabis and mephedrone. He was given four years be­hind bars.

Heath Noel Bowl­ing, 42, of High Lane, Stock­port, was sen­tenced to eight years af­ter pleaded guilty to con­spir­acy to sup­ply co­caine, herbal cannabis , cannabis, am­phet­a­mine and mephedrone.

Wil­liams, 41, of Bel­mont Street, Ban­gor, was found guilty of con­spir­acy to sup­ply a se­lec­tion of Class A and B drugs.

He was sen­tenced to 19 years be­hind bars.

●● Christo­pher John Pyke

●● Peter Ricky Hall­worth

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