Two Mansfield drug gang members who conspired to supply cocaine and cannabis for sale on the streets of Nottinghamshire have today been jailed.
James Stacey, 30 of Forest Road, Mansfield, and his partner Kerrie Ronayne, 28, of Forest Road, Mansfield, were part of a gang who have been sentenced for a total of 18 years.
Stacey was the ringleader of the group supplying cocaine, MDMA (ecstasy), cannabis and steroids, until a police investigation – Operation Fallency - led to search warrants being executed across the county in August 2013.
Until then, Stacey had enjoyed a lavish lifestyle, owning two houses and two high value cars, despite earning a declared income of just £15,000 as a mechanic.
When officers arrived at his workplace, he was seen trying to dispose of white powder, which was seized and analysed, revealing that it was cocaine and MDMA.
He ran a network of lower-level dealers, many of whom were in debt to Stacey, who also lent money and enforced so called ‘drug debts’, and helped him to sell the drugs on the streets of Nottinghamshire.
Stacey’s cousin Sean, 38, of Ganton Close, Mapperley, had a cannabis grow with an estimated street value of almost £40,000 at his home in Ganton Close, Mapperley.
An even more valuable haul was found at the home of James Stacey’s partner, Kerrie Roynane, in Kingsley Drive, Netherfield.
Another court case meant that the investigation into the drugs supply conspiracy could not proceed immediately.
Detective Sergeant Simon Pearson, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “James Stacey controlled this conspiracy through fear, lending money to associates and then enforcing the debt, which sometimes required those individuals to sell drugs for him, enabling him to enjoy a lifestyle which was well beyond the legitimate income he earned as a mechanic.”
“He also exploited his employer’s trust in him by using his place of work to exchange quantities of drugs with his network of dealers. He ran a sophisticated business that required a lot of investigation.”
“His use of intimidation does not excuse the actions of his co-conspirators, however, and the sentences given today emphasise the seriousness of conspiring to sell illegal and addictive drugs in our communities.”
“We will continue to identify and disrupt the activity of those individuals and groups who persist in selling drugs, and work with the Crown Prosecution Service to ensure they are brought before the courts.”
Stacey pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine; conspiracy to produce cannabis; conspiracy to supply cannabis resin; possession of MDMA (Class A); possession of amphetamine (Class B); possession of testosterone (Class C) and was jailed for five years and eight months.
Ronayne pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine; conspiracy to produce cannabis; conspiracy to supply cannabis resin and was jailed for three years.
Stuart Hall, 23, of Rolleston Drive, Arnold, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and conspiracy to supply cannabis resin and was jailed for three years and eight months.
Sean Stacey pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce cannabis; conspiracy to supply cannabis resin; possession of CS spray and was jailed for three years.
Haydn Henson, 23, of Bentwell Avenue, Arnold, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce cannabis; conspiracy to supply cannabis resin and was jailed for two years.
Daniel Grady, 29, of Birchfield Avenue, Arnold, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine; conspiracy to supply cannabis resin and was jailed for nine months.
All admitted the charges when they appeared at Nottingham Crown Court earlier this year.
They appeared at the same court for sentencing on Friday 12th June.