A COVENTRY drugs ring has been crushed and its members jailed for more than 30 years thanks to an operation by West Midlands Police.
A combination of cocaine, amphetamines and cannabis – with a street value of £1.7 million – were seized by officers after they carried out searches of cars and properties in the city last June and July.
Four members of the ring were jailed for conspiracy to supply drugs at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday (22 April).
Robert Lines, 51, of Heather Road, Binley Woods, was identified as a major player after police intelligence and mobile phone records linked him to orchestrating the drugs supply.
He was jailed for for 15 years after admitting conspiracy to supply drugs.
Joseph Squire was caught after police saw him getting into a BMW owned by Lee Walters and leaving a few minutes later holding a package.
Officers searched the 36-year-old’s Nuffield Road home and found blocks of cocaine, with a purity as high as 87 per cent, worth £320,000 along with scales.
Squire admitted the charge and was given a five-year jail term.
Lee Walters, of Dartmouth Road, Coventry, denied any involvement in supplying the cocaine, but the jury saw through the 25-year-old’s story and he was sentenced to 11 years.
Sara Bromell, aged 50, has also been sentenced to three years behind bars after admitting her role in the conspiracy – after officers discovered her Dane Road home was being used as a pick-up point for the drugs.
Three other people including Christopher Windmill, 41, from Jardine Crescent, Coventry who was jailed for three years and eight months – have already been sentenced for their part in the supply of drugs.
The convictions are the latest success stories of Operation Blue Steel – a joint effort between police and partner agencies to clampdown on organised crime in the city.