Duo jailed for role in major drugs ring
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