Twelve defendants in Grantham drugs conspiracy case appear at crown court

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Twelve people accused of being involved in a large-scale conspiracy to supply controlled drugs made an appearance before Lincoln Crown Court today.

All 12 were arrested last month following a joint operation between Lincolnshire Police and the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, which led to searches being carried out in Grantham, Nottinghamshire and Greater Manchester.

They are charged with conspiracy to supply drugs between January 1 and October 20 this year,

Nine of the defendants were remanded in custody. They are Jonathan Paul Ferry, 45, of Larch Close, Grantham; Paul Hull, 46, of Grantley Street, Grantham; Stuart Frazier, 53, of Princess Drive, Grantham; Adam Higgs, 23, of Shaw Road, Grantham; Ashley Toulson, 26, of Edward Street, Grantham; James Straw, 49, of Petersmith Drive, New Ollerton, Newark; Tyrone Sly, 45, of Bye Path Road, Retford; Ryan Anderson, 29, of Walmer Street, Gorton, Manchester; and Luke Smith, 25, of Goulden Street, Salford.

The three other defendants were granted conditional bail. They are Jamie Darby, 38, of Princess Drive, Grantham; Anthony Morton, 26, of Tamar Court, Grantham; and Francesca Moynihan, 21, of Hawthorn Drive, Salford .

No pleas were taken today. Judge Michael Heath adjourned the case until February next year when a plea and case management hearing is to be held at venue to be decided.