Drug supply gang that set up a base in Cumbria jailed for nearly 35 years

Four people have been jailed for their roles in heroin dealing and violence in Carlisle.

The gang used a tactic known as cuckooing to establish a base in a Harraby flat to supply heroin to local drug users.
Five people were sentenced over the past two days at Carlisle Crown Court. They are:
·         Braden Moreton, 19, of Liverpool, was sentenced to 14 years for being concerned in supply of Class A heroin and robbery.
·         Kelly Scott, 37, of Alexander Street, Carlisle, was sentenced to nine years for robbery.
·         Gary McCaffrey, 47, Balmoral Court, Carlisle, was sentenced to seven years for being concerned in supply of Class A heroin.
·         Stuart Baker, 21, of Southport, was sentenced to four years and ten months for being concerned in supply of Class A heroin.
·         Craig Metcalfe, 37, of Lightfoot Drive, Carlisle, was sentenced to 20 months, suspended for two years, for being concerned in supply of Class A heroin.
The robbery occurred on 7th February 2016 when Moreton and Scott arrived at a flat on Lightfoot Drive. The occupant of the flat, a 50-year-old man, was assaulted by them with Moreton attacking him with a hammer, a wrench and the victim’s own crutch. The victim suffered a broken jaw over a debt he claimed he did not owe.
Sean Cleaver, aged 24, from Liverpool, is wanted by police. He pleaded guilty to being concerned with the supply of Class A heroin at an earlier hearing.
Detective Constable Sam Johnson said:
“This was a criminal gang that was intent on supplying Class A drugs for their own financial benefit and would use violence and intimidation to enforce their activity.
“Moreton, along with Cleaver, led this group and would transport drugs from the Merseyside area into Carlisle before distributing from the Lightfoot Drive base.
“Cuckooing is a tactic used by drug supply groups that is on the increase. Drugs groups will target vulnerable members of society and will often involve violence, intimidation and the offer of money or drugs to take control of a property. From there they will look to exploit local drug users and can quickly lead to numbers of people indebted to the organised crime group.
“Keeping people safe is our main priority and we want to prevent local members of our communities being exploited. The public have a role to play by sharing information on those dealing drugs in their local area. With this information we can investigate and disrupt activity making that area safer.
“Working together we can clean up communities by putting pressure on those that ruin lives and line their own pockets.”
Anyone with information on the supply of drugs is asked to contact police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
For more information on how Cumbria Constabulary clean up communities by tackling drug supply please visit: www.cumbria.police.uk/Advice-Centre/Personal-Safety/Campaigns/Cleaning-up-communities.aspx.  
For further information on drugs please visit www.talktofrank.com

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