Drugs gang fac­ing years be­hind bars

Ten ad­mit roles in sup­ply­ing heroin and crack co­caine

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

ADRUGS gang from Macclesfield are fac­ing jail af­ter ad­mit­ting their role in an op­er­a­tion to sup­ply heroin and crack co­caine in the town.

Po­lice said the key men in the crim­i­nal en­ter­prise were Thomas Flana­gan, 30, and his step-fa­ther John Ham­ble­ton, 47.

The pair this week ad­mit­ted con­spir­acy to sup­ply heroin and crack co­caine at Ch­ester Crown Court.

Their ar­rests fol­low raids across the town and neigh­bour- ing coun­ties in Septem­ber in a bid to tackle the sup­ply of drugs from Liver­pool to Macclesfield.

Flana­gan and Ham­ble­ton were among 10 peo­ple to ad­mit to drugs of­fences.

The oth­ers in­cluded Michael Green, Stephen Day, Thomas Jackson, Joseph McGuire and Thomas Brown.

DI Gary McIntyre, of Cheshire po­lice’s ma­jor in­ves­ti­ga­tion team, said: “Drugs ruin lives and dev­as­tate com­mu­ni­ties, and the mem­bers of this gang were ig­no­rant to this, purely con­cen­trat­ing on self-gain and profit.”

AGANG of deal­ers from Macclesfield are fac­ing jail af­ter ad­mit­ting their roles in sup­ply­ing drugs in the town.

Key fig­ures Thomas Flana­gan, 30, and his step­fa­ther John Ham­ble­ton, 47, were among ten peo­ple who con­fessed to be­ing in­volved in the op­er­a­tion at Ch­ester Crown Court.

It fol­lows a se­ries of early morn­ing raids in the town and across Cheshire, Mersey­side and Manch­ester in Septem­ber when 20 peo­ple were ar­rested.

The raids – car­ried out as part of Op­er­a­tion Im­pact – aimed to clam­p­down on the sup­ply of drugs into the town from Liver­pool.

Around 100 po­lice of­fi­cers took part in the raids which were launched from a se­cret lo­ca­tion in Macclesfield.

DI Gary McIntyre, of Cheshire po­lice’s ma­jor in­ves­ti­ga­tion team, said: “Drugs ruin lives and dev­as­tate com­mu­ni­ties, and the mem­bers of this gang were ig­no­rant to this, purely con­cen­trat­ing on self-gain and profit.

“Flana­gan and Ham­ble­ton were key to the or­gani- sa­tion of their ac­tiv­ity.

“A sub­stan­tial quan­tity of both cash and drugs were seized from ad­dresses on the morn­ing of the raids.

“This has been a pro­tracted but metic­u­lous in­ves­ti­ga­tion and op­er­a­tion – the suc­cess of which is ev­i­denced by the guilty pleas sub­mit­ted.”

At Ch­ester Crown Court on Mon­day, Novem­ber 30, Flana­gan, of Bryn­more Drive; Ham­ble­ton, of Sut­ton Close, and Michael Green, 35, of Buck­fast Close – all in Macclesfield – ad­mit­ted con­spir­acy to sup­ply heroin and crack co­caine.

Stephen Day, 43, of Ken- dal Road; Thomas Jackson, 18, of Wen­lock Close; Macclesfield; Joseph McGuire, 37, of HMP For­est Bank; and Thomas Brown, 30, of HMP Hull, all ad­mit­ted sup­ply­ing heroin and crack co­caine.

At a pre­vi­ous hear­ing on Septem­ber 30, David Hunter, 35, of, Stoneleigh Close, Macclesfield, ad­mit­ted con­spir­acy to sup­ply heroin and crack co­caine, and Adam Har­ri­son, 29, of Cedar Grove, and Daniel May­ers, 33, of Don­agh Close, both Macclesfield, ad­mit­ted sup­ply­ing heroin and crack co­caine.

All of the men will be sen­tenced in March.

l● Po­lice break down the front door of key gang mem­ber Thomas Flana­gan (left)

●● Thomas Flana­gan ad­mit­ted con­spir­acy to sup­ply heroin and crack co­caine

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