Drugs trial update: Two defendants change plea to guilty during trial focusing on major drugs operation in Grantham

Lincoln Crown Court.

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Well-known Grantham man Jonathan Ferry headed up an organised crime gang which brought huge amounts of illegal drugs into the town, a jury at Lincoln Crown Court was told this week.

The gang obtained their supplies from drugs gangs based in Manchester and Nottinghamshire, bringing in heroin, cocaine, M Cat and amphetamine for sale on the streets.

They stood to make vast profits.

In total, 14 defendants are involved in the trial, which began on Monday. Two defendants, Martin Cooper, 30, formerly of Grantham, and Francesca Moynihan, 22, of Hawthorn Drive, Salford, initially denied charges of conspiracy to supply drugs but changed their pleas to guilty shortly after the start of the trial.

The jury has heard how 46-year-old Ferry, of Larch Close, Grantham, “used others to do the work for him” and “rarely took the risk himself”.

Matthew Lowe, prosecuting, told the court: “Wholesale quantities, huge purchases were made over a period of nine months.

“This Grantham criminal group was an organisation set up to sell drugs on a huge scale for what must have been huge profits. That group was headed by a man called Jonathan Ferry. He, with the co-operation of others, sourced their drugs from at least two other criminal groups.

“The first of these was one based in the Retford and Ollerton area of Nottinghamshire. That group was headed up by James Straw together with Tyrone Sly. The Retford group, on a large number of occasions, provided Jonathan Ferry’s Grantham group with vast quantities of heroin and amphetamine.

“Jonathan Ferry and his Grantham organised criminal group also purchased supplies of cocaine and M Cat from a group in Manchester. Huge purchases were made for onward sale in Grantham.

“Ferry was sufficiently well established so as to be able to obtain supplies of heroin and cocaine in huge quantities. It is apparent that Ferry’s Grantham operation was in full swing by January of last year. It is also apparent that whenever members of his group were arrested that group was able to continue with little or no interruption.

“He used others to do the work for him. He rarely took the risk himself.”

Mr Lowe said that others involved with Ferry played important roles, including collecting, storing, preparing and distributing the drugs.

He told the jury that Adam Higgs was the “most senior lieutenant” while Stuart Frazier and Paul Hull played leading roles.

Five men are on trial accused of involvement in the supply of drugs. They all deny charges of conspiracy to supply drugs between January 1 and October 23, 2014. They are:

* 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;

* Adam Gill, 29, of South Parade, Grantham.

The jury has been told that nine others 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;

* Luke Smith, 30, of Goulden Street, Salford.

* Martin Cooper, 30, formerly of Grantham

* Francesca Moynihan, 22, of Hawthorn Drive, Salford

The trial, which is expected to last up to six weeks, continues.