Members of organised Staffordshire crime gangs jailed for more than 130 years


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.”


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