Jonathan Ferry headed up ‘huge scale’ drugs operation in Grantham, jury hears as trial begins

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An organised crime gang brought huge amounts of illegal drugs into Grantham, a jury at Lincoln Crown Court was told.

The gang, headed up by Grantham man Jonathan Ferry, obtained their supplies from drugs gangs based in Manchester and Nottinghamshire, bringing in heroin, cocaine, M Cat and amphetamine for sale on the streets of the town.

Matthew Lowe, prosecuting, told a the jury: “The prosecution case is that the defendants have been involved in conspiracies to supply illegal drugs.

“This case will focus upon the activities of three separate but linked organised criminal groups. At the heart of this was an organised criminal group based in Grantham. That group was involved in the onward supply of heroin, cocaine, amphetamine and M Cat.

“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 and 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.

“The evidence you will hear will demonstrate not just the existence of these conspiracies but also the involvement of these defendants each of whom played a particular role.”

Seven people 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; Adam Gill, 29, of South Parade, Grantham; and Martin Cooper, 30, formerly of Grantham, all deny charges of conspiracy to supply drugs between January 1 and October 23, 2014.

The jury has been told that seven other people 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.

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