POLICE have pledged to continue crack down on drug dealing in Worcester following this week’s conviction of eleven members of a gang supplying heroin and crack cocaine in the city.
The group appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Thursday, February 6 where they were convicted to a total of 53 years for their part in a £200,000 conspiracy to supply drugs.
Following the convictions police in the Rainbow Hill, Gorse Hill and Warndon areas have assured residents they are continuing to work to stamp out drug dealing in the areas.
Sean Lucitt, aged 21, appeared at Worcester Magistrates Court this week where he was jailed for six weeks for possession with intent to supply cannabis, a class B drug.
Lucitt of Teme Road was arrested following a warrant at his home in December last year.
Police also arrested three men in the city on Saturday, February 1 on suspicion of possession of heroin, a class A dug, with intent to supply. They have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.
A warrant was also carried out at a property in Avon Road on Wednesday, February 5, where officers arrested a man and a woman on suspicion of possessing cannabis with intent to supply. They have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.
Sergeant Helen Wain from Warndon Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “We are sending a clear message that we are committed to doing everything we can to stem the supply of illegal drugs in Worcester.
“If we find people are supplying drugs, we will prosecute them.”
Among the group sentenced in Birmingham this week were drug dealer and user Nicholas Clarke of Windsor Avenue, Michael O’Dell, aged 40, previously of Teme Road, who allowed his home to be used for supply and runner Tina Brophy, aged 40, of Carlisle Road.
Three properties in the city – including 42a Teme Road where Adrian Locke was murdered in January 2013 – were used by the gang, who were co-ordinated by 29-year-old Craig Wright from his prison cell in HMP Woodhill in Milton Keynes.
Anyone with information on drug dealing in Worcester can call police on 101 and ask to speak to their area’s safer neighbourhood team.
Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org