Twenty-three members of five organised crime groups have been jailed for a total of 132 years for flooding the streets with cocaine and MCAT, Stafford Crown Court heard.
The gangs, based in Stafford, Cannock, Walsall, Redditch, Swindon and Swadlincote, formed a major drugs operation regularly transporting Class A and B drugs along the M5 and M6.
The dealers were sentenced over three days at Stafford Crown Court after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs.
Staffordshire Police’s Major and Organised Crime department investigated the organised crime group in Cannock led by John Appleton, 46, of Locketts Court, Cannock and Michael O’ Mahoney, 43, of Avenue Road, Cannock.
Detectives tracked the movements of Appleton and O’ Mahoney after their release from prison in 2013, after they had formed a tight-knit Cannock group with Jason Bayley, Carol Pope, Derek Hodgkiss and Russell Degg.
Detectives closed in on the group earlier this year. Over the three days at Stafford Crown Court, the ringleaders of the Cannock gang Appleton and O’Mahoney were each sentenced to 14 years including Appleton’s son.
Also convicted and jailed were as follows:
Gary Peapell, aged 38, of Swindon, sentenced to 8 years 8 months
Adam Farmer, aged 35, of Kineton Close, Redditch, sentenced to 8 years 6 months
Shane Andrews, aged 35, of John Donne Street, Stafford, sentenced to 8 years
Gareth Pincombe, aged 38, of Repton Road, Swadlincote, sentenced to 8 years 2 months
Jason Bayley, aged 45, of Leamington Close, Cannock, sentenced to 8 years
Carol Pope, aged 44, of Glover Street, Cannock, sentenced to 7 years 2 months
Darren Pearson, aged 46, of Moss Street, Cannock, sentenced to 7 years 2 months
Jamie Wilson, aged 38, of Sidney Avenue, Stafford, sentenced to 6 years 9 months
Keith Peapell, aged 62, Swindon, sentenced to 6 years
Russell Degg, aged 40, of Repton Close, Cannock, sentenced to 6 years
Scott Kenny, aged 32, of Mosedale, Rugby, sentenced to 5 years 4 months
Lewis Chambers, aged 26, of Hillary Street, Walsall, sentenced to 4 years
Lucy Butler, aged 35, of Sanderling Close, Featherstone, sentenced to 4 years
Richard Menzies, aged 33, of Meadow View Road, Swadlincote, sentenced to 3 years 7 months
Jamie Sleigh, aged 37, of St John’s Road, Cannock, sentenced to 3 years 7 months
David Perkins, aged 31, of Hindlip Close, Redditch, sentenced to 3 years 4 months
Bret Appleton, aged 25, of Locketts Court, Cannock, sentenced to 20 months
Derek Hodgkiss, aged 56, of St John’s Road, Cannock, received a 17 month suspended sentence
Lee Higgins, aged 32, of Fownhope Close, Redditch, received an 11-month suspended sentence.
Inspector Pete Cooke, of Staffordshire Police’s Major and Organised Crime team, said: “These sentences reflect the commitment and hard work of officers.
“We’re delighted to see offenders who have preyed on the vulnerable in our communities behind bars for a considerable period.
“All of them played a significant role in fueling drug crime in South Staffordshire and elsewhere across the Midlands and South West and their sentences are very much welcomed.
“Staffordshire Police is committed to tackling drug crime in our communities and our work will continue under Operation Nemesis.”