Drugs trial update: Mobile phone records show links between drugs gangs in Grantham and Manchester, crown court told

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A jury has been shown mobile phone records which it is alleged demonstrates links between drug gangs in Manchester and Grantham.

Lincoln Crown Court has been told vast quantities of cocaine and heroin were seized by police during their investigation into an organised crime gang based in Grantham.

The jury were today shown numerous records relating to mobile phone calls and the location of site masts which it is alleged connects the delivery of drugs from Manchester to Grantham.

Matthew Lowe, prosecuting, alleged that following the arrest of one of the Grantham gang on July 3 last year, a delivery was made to the town the next day by Manchester-based Ryan Anderson.

Mr Lowe told the jury: “The prosecution say the telephone evidence indicates Mr Anderson came down from Manchester late evening and made a delivery of drugs.”

The jury were told automatic number plate recognition cameras also picked up a car driving east on the M62, on the A52 west of Grantham and then between Grantham and Long Bennington.

It is alleged Anderson returned to Lincolnshire on July 18 last year when he made a delivery of cocaine to the home address of Jamie Darby in Princess Drive, Grantham.

Mr Lowe told the jury: “The prosecution say that at roundabout 9am on 18 July Mr Anderson made a door to door delivery of cocaine to Mr Darby’s address.”

Police forced entry to the property at 9.10am and arrested two men.

The jury has heard that the Grantham gang, headed up by Jonathan Ferry, was involved with other organised crime groups from Nottinghamshire and Manchester in the supply of illicit drugs.

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 and 23 October 2014.

Martin Cooper, 30, formerly of Grantham, and Francesca Moynihan, 22, of Hawthorn Drive, Salford, each initially denied the same charge but changed their pleas to guilty shortly after the start of the trial.

The jury has been told that seven other men 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; and Luke Smith, 30, of Goulden Street, Salford.