Drugs trial latest: Jury to consider verdict next week

Lincoln Crown Court.
Lincoln Crown Court.
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Jurors are to consider their deliberations next week in the trial of five men accused of being part of an organised crime group which flooded Grantham with cocaine and heroin.

The jury at Lincoln Crown Court retired yesterday afternoon (Thursday) but at the conclusion of the day were sent home to return on Tuesday to continue their deliberations.

During the nine-week trial the prosecution has alleged that the Grantham-based operation was headed up by local man Jonathan Ferry.

It is claimed the group brought in huge quantities of drugs sourced from gangs based in Manchester and Nottinghamshire.

But the defendants deny they were part of any drugs supply conspiracy.

The five men are on trial accused of involvement in the supply of drugs 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; and Adam Gill, 29, of South Parade, Grantham; all deny charges of conspiracy to supply drugs between 1 January and 23 October 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.