Drugs trial update: Grantham gang members met up in villages to pass drugs, jury hears

Lincoln Crown Court.

Lincoln Crown Court.

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Jurors in a conspiracy trial have been told of a meeting between drug dealers in a Lincolnshire village.

Lincoln Crown Court was told that police carrying out an undercover operation watched as Tyrone Sly drove into the village of Long Bennington in a Lexus and parked close to the village fish and chip shop.

Within minutes, Grantham man Adam Higgs arrived driving a Mercedes and parked nearby.

Matthew Lowe, prosecuting, told the jury: “The Mercedes parked near to the Lexus and both Higgs and Sly got out of their vehicles.

“Sly placed a package inside the Mercedes before closing the door.

“Both them returned to their vehicles and drove off.”

Higgs was stopped by police later the same evening as he drove south along the A1.

Officers searched the Mercedes and found a black bag containing 2,484g of heroin which had a potential street value of up to £137,000. Higgs’ home in Shaw Road, Grantham, was also searched and a “large quantity” of designer brand clothing was found. As a result Higgs was arrested.

Mr Lowe told the jury of further police undercover observations carried out in Sedgebrook involving Jonathan Ferry, described as the man who headed up the Grantham drugs gang at the centre of the conspiracy.

Ferry and Ashley Toulson arrived separately in the village with Toulson parking up and raising the bonnet of the Vauxhall Astra he was driving giving the impression he had some sort of engine trouble.

Within two minutes Tyrone Sly and James Straw arrived in the village, driving along School Lane. Ferry parked up behind them.

Mr Lowe said that a plastic bag was handed over to Ferry. Sly and Straw drove off and Ferry then handed a bag to Toulson.

Toulson drove to his home in Edward Street, Grantham, where he was watched as he entered. Officers then raided the house and recovered thousands of pounds worth of amphetamine.

Five men are on trial accused of involvement in the supply of drugs. James Straw, 50, of Petersmith Drive, New Ollerton, Newark; Stuart Frazier, 54, of Princess Drive, Grantham; Jamie Darby, 39, of Princess Drive, Grantham; Anthony Morton, 27, of Tamar Court, Grantham; and Adam Gill, 29, of South Parade, Grantham; all deny charges of conspiracy to supply drugs between 1 January 1 and October 23, 2014.

The jury has been told that eight men and one woman have admitted charges of conspiracy to supply drugs between the same dates. They are Jonathan Paul Ferry, 46, of Larch Close, Grantham; Paul Hull, 47, of Grantley Street, Grantham; Adam Higgs, 24, of Shaw Road, Grantham; Ashley Toulson, 27, of Edward Street, Grantham; Tyrone Sly, 45, of Bye Path Road, Retford; Ryan Anderson, 30, of Walmer Street, Gorton, Manchester; Martin Cooper,30, formerly of Grantham; Francesca Moynihan ,22, of Hawthorn Drive, Salford; and Luke Smith, 30, of Goulden Street, Salford.

The trial continues.