Drugs trial latest: Neighbours agreed to divide up cocaine for Grantham gang leader Ferry, jury hears

Lincoln Crown Court.
Lincoln Crown Court.
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A Grantham man has claimed he was offered £500 to divide up a deal of cocaine in to one ounce cubes, a court has heard.

Stuart Frazier, 54, told a jury that the suggestion was made to him by Jonathan Ferry, 46, while he was working on a fence at his home.

It is alleged that a gang headed up by Ferry was involved with other organised crime groups from Nottinghamshire and Manchester in the supply of illicit drugs into Grantham.

Giving evidence at Lincoln Crown Court, Frazier said he asked Jamie Darby, 39, if he wanted to take part before agreeing to the offer from Ferry.

Frazier told the jury he knew Darby, also from Grantham, would say ‘yes’ because “he needed an earner” and agreed for the cocaine to be cut at his home.

They were then given a phone and told to enter the postcode of Darby’s home to where the cocaine could be delivered, Frazier claimed.

Frazier denied a suggestion from Michael Cranmer-Brown, defending Darby, that any agreement by his client to take part in the transaction was “completely fabricated” by Frazier.

Questioned further, Frazier claimed he was being “greedy” by telling Darby they would only share £300 for cutting the cocaine in to one ounce cubes rather than the £500 he had been offered by Ferry.

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 January 1 and October 23, 2014.

Giving evidence, Anthony Morton explained there was sometimes large amounts of money in his possession because his sister had received an £18,000 compensation pay-out following a work accident.

Morton told the jury he would collect money for his sister after picking up her bank card because she was immobile. “At one point I had about £10,000 of my sister’s money,” Morton said.

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.