Fishponds man among 23 jailed in clampdown on crack cocaine and heroin dealing

November 25 2019
Fishponds man among 23 jailed in clampdown on crack cocaine and heroin dealing

A SIX-month police operation against crack cocaine and heroin dealing in East Bristol has seen 23 people sent to prison.

Avon and Somerset police said the crackdown was launched in response to offences of violence associated with class A drugs supply in communities in the east of the city.

Police said Operation Minimal targeted established drug dealing lines and those operating them, after intelligence showed that organised gangs were involved.

The force said the criminals involved were exploiting vulnerable people, including children, to supply and store drugs and money.

The youngest person locked up in a series of sentencing hearings at Bristol crown Court in November was 17, while the oldest defendant dealt with was 54. He was one of 12 people given non-custodial sentences after being arrested during the operation.

Bristol East Local Policing Commander Chief Inspector Paul Wigginton said: “This is a really great set of results and removes a significant number of individuals responsible for the supply of illegal drugs off the streets of east Bristol.

Drug dealing is a blight on the community and we take the supply of illegal drugs extremely seriously. This operation was initiated following community concerns about drug dealing in the area and the success is the result of months of hard work, dedicated officers and a coordinated effort working with Operation Remedy officers to catch and apprehend these criminals. 

We are continually working hard to remove drug dealers from our streets and I hope these sentences will reassure the local community and send a clear message to other criminals that drug dealing will not be tolerated in Avon and Somerset and we will continue to pursue those who decide to break the law.”

Those from the Fishponds area sentenced were:

Michael Merchant, 53, above left, of Grove Road, Fishponds, who was jailed for 5 years and 7 months, with a Criminal Behaviour Order for 5 years, for four counts of supplying crack cocaine or heroin and possession of cannabis.

Lewis Parker, 19, above centre, of Brentry Road, Fishponds, who received a two year suspended sentence, 180 hours of unpaid work and four months on an electronic tag for supplying crack cocaine or heroin and possessing cannabis.

Shazeb Malik, 18, of Stanshaw Road, Frenchay, who was sentenced to 2 years 4 months in a young offenders’ institution for 11 charges of supplying crack cocaine or heroin.

Isaac Smith, 42, above right, of Stonebridge Park, Eastville, was given a two-year suspended sentence and a nine-month drug rehabilitation order for supplying crack cocaine.

Leon Phillips, 40, of Freemantle Gardens, Eastville, was fined £200 for offering to supply crack cocaine and fraud by false representation.

 

The others sentenced were:

Afzal Ali, 40, of Seymour Road, Easton: 2 years 8 months for supply of crack cocaine and heroin.

Lee Barclay, 43 of no fixed address: 2 years 8 months for supply of crack cocaine and heroin.

Gary Cockram, 50, of no fixed address: 3 years 8 months for supply of crack cocaine and heroin.

Raion Eirvine, 27, of Croydon Street, Easton: 5 years and 3 months for supplying crack cocaine.

Sundar Griffith-Singh, 23, of Lena Street, Easton: 4 years 8 months for supplying crack cocaine.

Gary Henry, 51, of no fixed address: 4 months for supplying crack cocaine.

Lewis Hoggins, 28, of no fixed address: 4 years for supply of crack cocaine and heroin.

Liam Jeffrey, 26, of Ascot Road, Southmead: 3 years for supplying crack cocaine and heroin.

Francis Kane, 54 of Pinkhams Twist, Hengrove: 20 months’ suspended sentence for supply of crack cocaine.

Carmeesha Jones, 22, of Chelsea Park, Easton: 16 months suspended for supplying crack cocaine and possessing cannabis.

Marcus Lakey, 53, of West Street, Old Market: 18 months suspended for supplying crack cocaine.

Irie Lewis, 23, of Rosebush Gardens, St Anne's Park: 5 years, 7 months for supplying crack cocaine and heroin.

Guled Mohamed, 20, of Goodhind Street, Easton: 2 years' suspended sentence for supplying crack cocaine and heroin

Kyle Morris, 23, of no fixed address: 3 years for supplying heroin.

Jamael Myers, 26, of Mountbel Road, Harrow: 5 years 3 months for supplying and being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine.

Sharon Nelmes, 48, of Stapleton Road, Easton: one-year suspended for supplying crack cocaine and heroin.

Trevor Pearce, 43, of Dove Street, Kingsdown: One-year community order for supplying crack cocaine and heroin.

Samaya Rafiq, 40, of Church Street, Easton: 2-year suspended sentence for supplying crack cocaine and heroin.

Chris Rawlings, 24, of Pountney Drive, Easton: 2 years, 8 months for supplying crack cocaine and heroin.

Rachel Rundle, 39, of York Road, Montpelier: 3 years for supplying crack cocaine and heroin.

Norman Smith, 46, of Wade Street, St Jude's: 4 years for supplying and being concerned in the supply of crack cocaine.

Martin Stallard, 51, of Severn View, Lawrence Weston: 2 years suspended for supplying crack cocaine and heroin.

Fathi Sharaei, 29, of no fixed address: 2 years for supplying heroin.

Georgi Tsvetkov, 24, of Briary Road, Portishead: 2 years, 4 months for supplying and being concerned in supply of crack cocaine and heroin.

David Vollero, 37, of Stapleton Road, Easton: 2 years suspended for supplying heroin.

Connor Ward, 24, of no fixed address: 5 years 4 months for supplying crack cocaine, affray, assault and five other offences.

Tracey Wilson, 47, of New Kingsley Road, St Philip's: 2 years 4 months for supplying crack cocaine and heroin.

Jordan Woodman, 24, of no fixed address: 8 months for supplying crack cocaine.

Tomasz Zawadzki, 39, of Fox Road, Easton: 3 years for supplying crack cocaine and heroin.

A 17-year-old boy who cannot be named has been detained for 18 months for 14 charges including supplying crack cocaine and heroin.