Street drug deal­ers are jailed for eight years

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

MEM­BERS of a gang who ped­dled heroin and crack co­caine on the streets of Mac­cles­field have been jailed for a to­tal of eight years.

A court heard that ring leader Thomas Quadrio had made sure that drugs were ‘al­ways avail­able’ on the streets of Mac­cles­field.

His main dealer was Dar­ren Cooper who sold drugs near St John The Evan­ge­list Pri­mary School, the court heard.

Four men were ar­rested fol­low­ing a year-long un­der­cover op­er­a­tion by Cheshire Po­lice called Op­er­a­tion Alzira.

Quadrio, 32, of Abbey Road, Mac­cles­field, also ran a so-called ‘graft’ phone which was used to com­mu­ni­cate with his deal­ers and drug users.

He em­ployed a driver, Peter Jones, 51, who used his Re­nault Clio to take Quadrio to and from Liver­pool where the sup­ply of drugs orig­i­nated from.

Quadrio’s main dealer was Dar­ren Cooper, 40, who was caught sell­ing drugs on the Weston es­tate, at times near St John The Evan­ge­list Pri­mary School.

An­other dealer Ben­jamin Preece, 34, was caught sell­ing two deals of heroin on Jo­drell Street.

Quadrio ad­mit­ted con­spir­acy to sup­ply class A drugs. He was jailed for five years.

Cooper, of Caris­brook Av­enue, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted four charges of sup­ply­ing class A drugs. He was jailed for 40 months.

Preece, of HMP Alt­course, ad­mit­ted sup­ply­ing heroin and will be sen­tenced at a later date.

Peter Jones, of Bread Street, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted con­spir­acy to sup­ply drugs in March and was sen­tenced to 15 month in prison sus­pended for 12 months.

Sen­tenc­ing Quadrio and Cooper, Judge Tina Lan­dale said: “You were both in­volved in the sup- ply drugs from Liver­pool to Manch­ester.

“Quadrio, you were the con­troller of the phone and di­rected peo­ple to where they could buy drugs. You made sure that drugs were al­ways avail­able on the streets of Mac­cles­field. You were direct­ing op­er­a­tions and had a sig­nif­i­cant role. Cooper, you em­braced your role as a street dealer even when you were seen near a pri­mary school. You had a sig­nif­i­cant role sup­ply­ing heroin and crack co­caine dealer.”

Nick Clarke, de­fend­ing Quadrio, said he be­came ad­dicted to cannabis as a street af­ter los­ing his job in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try and was sell­ing drugs to pay off a debt.

Rachel Cox, de­fend­ing Cooper, said he was a drug ad­dict ‘em­broiled in a world he knew noth­ing about’ to pay off debts.

●» Guilty: Ben­jamin Preece

●» Jailed: Thomas Quadrio

●» Jailed: Dar­ren Cooper

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