Eight guilty on drugs charges

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EIGHT drug dealers from across the Express area have pleaded guilty to supplying heroin, diamorphine and amphetamine.

The dealers, who appeared at Leeds Crown Court last Wednesday and Thursday, supplied the drugs to others - including test purchase officers from West Yorkshire Police - during a major operation earlier in the year.

Darren Mason, 36, of Tombridge Crescent, Kinsley, pleaded guilty to seven counts of supplying class A and B controlled drugs, one count of possessing heroin with intent to supply, dangerous driving and possession of an offensive weapon.

He was jailed for three years and nine months at Leeds Crown Court last Wednesday.

Nigel Cowell, of Princess Avenue, South Elmsall, pleaded guilty to five charges of supplying the class A contolled drug, diamorphine, between Monday, May 24, and Thursday, May 27.

Albert Jones, of Minsthorpe Vale, South Elmsall, pleaded guilty to six counts of supplying diamorphine between Wednesday, March 24, and Thursday, May 27, and one count of being concerned with the supply of diamorphine on Wednesday, May 5.

He pleaded not guilty to an additional charge of being concerned in the supply of diamorphine on Tuesday, May 4. This charge was dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Joanne Marie Jackson, of South Avenue, South Elmsall, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of 159mg of diamorphine on Tuesday, May 25, and supplying 145mg of diamorphine on Thursday, May 27.

She pleaded not guilty to offering to supply a class A drug to a test purchase officer on Wednesday, May 26. This charge was also dropped by the CPS.

Jackson’s partner, Martin Grosvenor, also of South Avenue, pleaded guilty to three charges of supplying diamorphine between Monday, May 24, and Wednesday, May 26.

Kevin Barry Chiverton, of St Paul’s Close, Upton, pleaded guilty to supplying 4.05g of the class B drug, amphetamine, on Thursday, May 20.

Craig Cowell, of Kirkby Close, South Kirkby, pleaded guilty to two counts of supplying diamorphine to another person on Monday, March 29, and Tuesday, March 30.

Grant Michael Charlesworth, of Grange Rise, Hemsworth, pleaded guilty to three charges of supplying heroin between Wednesday, March 31, and Friday, May 21, one count of being concerned with the supply of 4.65g of the class B drug, amphetamine, on Thursday, May 20, and one count of supplying 3.87g of amphetamine on Friday, May 21.

He pleaded not guilty to one count of being concerned with supplying a class A drug to a law enforcement officer.

This case was dropped by the CPS.

Judge James Spencer QC adjourned all the cases - except Mason’s, which was dealt with to conclusion - until the end of November so pre-sentence reports could be prepared by the Probation Service before sentencing.

The offenders were released on bail with various conditions of residence and drug intervention treatment.

Insp Jackie Turton, from the South Kirkby Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT), said: “The South East NPT is continuing to take positive action against drug dealers.

“This is a clear message that it will not be tolerated in our community.

“We urge members of the community to continue passing information regarding crime and drug dealing and together we will continue to make a difference.”