Trial of five men alleged to be involved in major Grantham-based drugs operation resumes

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The trial of five men who were allegedly involved in a Grantham-based drugs operation will resume today after a week long break in the case.

A jury in the two month trial at Lincoln Crown Court were sent home last week after hearing evidence from the five defendants.

The case will resume this week when prosecution barrister Matthew Lowe gives his closing speech to the jury. This will be followed by speeches on behalf of the five accused men.

Judge John Pini QC, the trial judge, will then sum up all the evidence in the case before asking the jury to retire to consider their verdicts.

The 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.

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.