North West Regional Organised Crime Unit
 

Operation Roenne

An investigation into the drug supplying activities of Vincent Waddington

Eight people have been jailed today, Monday 28th November, for more than 41 years for conspiracy to supply amphetamine. Two of the eight were also sentenced in relation to offences involving the supply of cannabis.

During the investigation officers seized drugs with a street value of nearly £450,000, and identified more than 20 other trips between Liverpool/Birmingham by those within the crime group. Officers from ‘Titan’, the regional organised crime unit, seized amphetamines, cannabis and cash, during a 13-month-long investigation.

Seven men and a woman were arrested during the investigation at addresses in Liverpool, Toxteth, Aigburth, Aintree and Coventry and were charged and put before the courts. Investigators were able to prove that the gang distributed 21 kilogrammes of amphetamines and 15kg of cannabis.

Vincent Waddington, 41, of Radley Drive, Aintree, was sentenced to nine years in prison for conspiracy to supply amphetamines after being found guilty by a jury.

Andrew Hall, 34, from Caryl Street, Toxteth, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply amphetamines and was jailed for four years and eight months.

Colin Beck, 62, of St Peters Lane, Bickenhill, Solihull, was jailed for a total of seven years for conspiracy to supply amphetamines and cannabis.

Noel Brown, 56, of Church Lane, Coventry, was jailed for a total of seven years six months for conspiracy to supply amphetamines and possession with intent to supply cannabis after being found guilty by a jury.

John Morgan, 26, of Rhyl Street, Liverpool, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply amphetamines and was jailed for four years.

Joanne Gibney, 35, of Byles Street, Toxteth, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply amphetamines and was jailed for two years and eight months.

Thomas Cox, 40, of Camarthen Crescent, Toxteth, pleaded guilty for conspiracy to supply amphetamines and was jailed for three years and four months.

Thomas Dobbs, 42, of Rumford Place Liverpool, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply amphetamines and was jailed for three years and four months.

Detective Superintendent Jason Hudson, head of operations at Titan said: “This gang were responsible for moving large quantities of amphetamine and cannabis around the country, mainly from Merseyside to the Midlands. "The drugs this gang were trading in will have damaged a great many lives and sparked violence between criminals further down the food chain who sold them on the street. Yet this group will not have cared about that. They just cared about lining their pockets, despite the misery their actions have caused. “Titan exists to take out gangs of this kind who commit serious, highly organised crime such as drugs supply. In this case we used new, improved Proceeds of Crime Act powers to strip them of their assets bought with drug money – and reinvest that money into fighting crime."

Convicted

Vincent Waddington

Vincent Waddington

9 years

Andrew Hall

Andrew Hall

4yrs 8 months

Colin Beck

Colin Beck

7 years

Joanne Gibney

Joanne Gibney

2yrs 8 months

John Morgan

John Morgan

4 years

Noel Brown

Noel Brown

7yrs 6 months

Thomas Cox

Thomas Cox

3yrs 4 months

Thomas Dobbs

Thomas Dobbs

3yrs 4 months