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Drug boss jailed for heroin ring.

Byline: By Garry Willey

A drug baron who enlisted his own children to help run a heroin empire on Tyneside was today beginning an eleven and a half year sentence behind bars.

Brian Carrier - already on licence for smuggling 66 kilos of cannabis - claimed he was a car trader and big time gambler who had scooped pounds 130,000 of winning bets in a single year.

But the 50-year-old from Hareydene, Newbiggin Hall, was at the centre of a major drugs ring.

He was able to arrange delivery of high value heroin hauls, using The Millers pub near Newcastle Airport as a handover venue.

Carrier, who also discussed trafficking in cocaine, kept control of transactions while he was on a sunshine break to Malaga in Spain.

And he even drafted in son David and daughter Cheryl to help run the underworld trade before a police sting led to his downfall Newcastle Crown Court heard.

Jailing Carrier, Judge Maurice Carr said: "Clearly it was a well-run, well-organised operation and you were able to recruit various people in order to carry it out.

"The amount of drugs involved was substantial. I'm not going to go on about the scourge which heroin creates. Everybody knows about that now and the misery which flows from it.

"The public has to be protected from the use of heroin and the only way that can be done is to punish those who are involved in the dealing."

Carrier senior admitted conspiracy to supply heroin between April 9 and 22 last year.

David Carrier, 29, of Eastgarth, Newbiggin Hall, was jailed for four years after admitting the conspiracy charge. His father used him twice to move drug money after transactions.

Cheryl Carrier, 26, of Warrington Road, Elswick, admitted being concerned in heroin supply in relation to one transaction. Her sentence was adjourned and she was released on bail.

Another man caught with a stash of cocaine during the operation was also in the dock. Lawrence Montague, 40, of Angerton Gardens, Newcastle, was jailed for four and a half years after admitting possession with intent to supply. He accepted he was an associate of Carrier senior but the seizure was wholly separate from the main conspiracy. The court heard he played no part in Carrier's operation.

Two other men linked to Carrier are also in custody awaiting sentence.

Two officers, known only as "Clarky" and "Johnny", posed as buyers and gained Carrier's trust. They bought two kilos of heroin hidden in a Sugar Puffs cereal box for pounds 28,000, took delivery of another two kilo shipment only days later, and paid pounds 42,000 in another transaction shortly before the operation ended in a wave of arrests.

Investigators estimate the heroin involved could have been worth up to pounds 400,000 on the streets.

Surveillance officers had kept close watch on Carrier during the conspiracy while the undercover detectives were fitted with cover recording equipment.

Jim Sturman QC, defending, said Carrier senior had been working for someone he was too frightened to name but accepted he could have stayed clear of dealing.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 6, 2004
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