A county lines drug gang who flooded a spa town with £400,000 worth of crack cocaine and heroin have been jailed for a total of 68 years.
The gang carried out hundreds of shuttle-runs between Birmingham and Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, over a three-year period.
Twelve members of the gang have now been jailed following a three-year undercover police investigation codenamed Bushey 1 and Bushey 2.
Meshach Masiah Duncan, 31, of Birmingham, (left) was the gang’s ringleader. Mateusz Frausenkiewicz, 31, of Leamington, was his deputy. Duncan was jailed for ten years and four months; Frausenkiewicz for six years and ten months
Ringleader Meshach Duncan, 31, of Birmingham, was jailed for ten years after being convicted of conspiracy to supply drugs at Warwick Crown Court.
His deputies Mateusz Frasunkiewicz, 21, of Leamington Spa, and Dajon Donaldson, 20, of Great Barr, Birmingham, were both jailed for more than six years.
The court heard Rebecca Manix, 46, recruited Deborah Walsh, 57, both of Leamington Spa, to ferry the drugs into the town.
Manix was jailed for six-and-a-half years while Walsh was sentenced to four-and-a-half years behind bars.
The youngest member of the gang, Kyle Crossley, 18, of Warwick, who just 15 at the time he was street dealing, was jailed for three years.
A further five members of the gang were jailed for last November for more than 23 years.
Jailing the remaining members of the gang yesterday, Judge Peter Cooke said: ‘The reality is that this was a continuing, ongoing arrangement for the supply of class A drugs, the ones that cause the most harm and destruction to people’s lives.
‘Those drugs were being shipped from Birmingham to this area, and at the heart of the organisation in Birmingham was Meshach Duncan who was in effect running the operation.’
Dajon Donaldson, 20, of Birmingham, (left) and Kirean Aldred, 20, of Warwick, both helped smuggle drugs into Warwickshire. Donaldson was jailed for six years and nine months; Aldred for seven and a half years
Deborah Walsh, 57, (left) was recruited into the county lines gang by Rebecca Manix, 46. Walsh was jailed for four and a half years; Manix for six and a half years
The court heard that between February 2015 and November 2017 police identified 429 class A drug deliveries made by the gang in Leamington Spa and nearby Warwick.
The venture was headed by Duncan who recruited a team – including Frasunkiewicz, Donaldson and Kirean Aldred – to ship the drugs into Warwickshire.
Mannix, Crossley and Walsh were also recruited to help deal the drugs in the county.
In total the gang had trafficked around £402,800 worth of drugs into the area which were then sold on the streets through a network of dealers.
Speaking after the case, Detective Inspector Rich Brown, of Warwickshire Police, said: ‘This wasn’t petty drug dealing; it was a well organised operation causing harm to many vulnerable people in Warwickshire.’
Kyle Crossley, 18, (pictured) was the youngest member of the group and started dealing when he was just 15. He was jailed for three years