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Six drug dealers plagued estate in town for months.

Byline: Paul Beard Court reporter news@coventrytelegraph.net

SIX men who were involved in drug-dealing which plagued an estate for months have been jailed for a total of more than 20 years.

Even children at a local school knew that drugs could be obtained from the addresses at the centre of the trade in heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis.

And Warwick Crown Court heard that even after the police closed down an operation centred on Colin Jones's home in Brownsover, Rugby, he and Jovan Sleem simply opened up again at another address.

Jones, aged 50, of Grizedale, Brownsover; Sleem, aged 31, of no fixed address, but formerly of Bridget Street, New Bilton, Rugby; and Anthony Jones, aged 32, of Borrowdale, Brownsover, pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply heroin and crack.

Philip Wilson, aged 23, of Whernside, Brownsover, and Nathan Barden, aged 23, of Coniston Close, Brownsover, pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply cannabis.

Jordan Jones, aged 24, of Ennerdale, Brownsover, admitted being concerned in the supply of cannabis, possessing a prohibited CS gas spray and being in breach of a suspended prison sentence.

Colin Jones was jailed for five years and four months, Sleem for four years and ten months, and Anthony Jones, who also admitted an assault on his partner, for six years.

Observing that Barden and Wilson were involved in "a closed conspiracy" to supply cannabis, Judge Andrew Lockhart QC jailed Barden for 20 months and Wilson for 18 months.

And Jordan Jones was jailed for nine months for his part in supplying cannabis - consecutive to 12 months of his suspended sentence which he was also ordered to serve.

With those in the dock was Stuart Pule, aged 22, of Thirlmere, Brownsover, who was given an eight-month sentence suspended for two years, ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work and made subject to an electronically-tagged curfew after he admitted possessing cannabis with intent to supply it.

Passing sentence, Judge Andrew Lockhart QC said: "In the summer of 2014 all of you became involved in the supply of controlled drugs in the Brownsover area of Rugby.

"This is an area where people came to seek drugs, and it is a problem for the local community. There were a large number of reports of drug-dealing activity, which caused local upset and problems.

"Drugs have a corrosive effect, and young people, some as young as 15, were coming to the address. Word was going round in local schools that drugs were available at the address."

Commenting that drugs worth a total of around PS4,500 had been seized, he added that after Colin Jones had been granted bail, he and Sleem continued to be involved in "a prolific drugdealing operation" at another address.

Judge Lockhart also made orders that cash seized from the defendants should be forfeited under the Misuse of Drugs Act - a total of PS4,734 from Antony Jones, PS113 from Colin, PS870 from Jordan, PS282 from Sleem, PS620 from Barden and PS45 from Pule.

Prosecutor Harpreet Sandhu told the court: "The Brownsover estate had a long-standing history of drug misuse and sales, particularly of heroin and cocaine, but also of cannabis."

As a result of that, the police set up a covert operation in 2014 centred on Colin Jones's home and that of his nephew Jordan Jones, who lived with his parents in Ennerdale, and where his half-brother Anthony Jones still had a room.

Officers who kept watch on the house in Grizedale in June that year saw a large number of people visiting to buy drugs, as well as people leaving the address to supply drugs.

One of those was Wilson who was seen passing cannabis to a woman holding a baby at nearby Turpin House, and he was also seen leaving the house with a phone and a white bag and returning without the bag.

Anthony Jones and Sleem were also seen taking part in the drug-dealing activity at Colin Jones's home and on the same day Jordan Jones was stopped with a small amount of cannabis on him.

After similar activity was recorded the following month, Colin Jones and Barden was arrested in the house where 28 grams of heroin was seized.

Barden's phone was seized and found to contain requests for drugs, replies to those and directions to others to supply the drugs in question - but Judge Lockhart commented that he had entered his plea on the basis that he was in "a closed conspiracy" with just Wilson.

Following his arrest Colin Jones, who was said to be "a supplier to others who were themselves suppliers" was found to have 14 deals of crack cocaine on him, and he told officers: "I was only doing it to make a bit of money."

He later explained that he had been dealing in class A drugs for some time, selling about 20 deals a night, and would be paid PS2 for every one he sold.

Pule was caught after making off from the rear of the house, and in a shoulder bag he had two packages of skunk cannabis worth PS180 and two phones on which there were messages in which he was directing the supply of cannabis. Jordan Jones was arrested in his bedroom at Ennerdale, where skunk cannabis was found in the garage and cocaine was found in Anthony's bedroom, as well as various quantities of cash.

Mr Sandhu said the heroin and crack conspiracy continued from an address in Brownsover, after Colin Jones had been granted bail but evicted from his home - until that house was also raided in September.

The court heard that Colin Jones, whose most serious previous conviction was a rape for which he was jailed for eight years in 1985, had been jailed for two years in 2010 for being concerned in the supply of class A drugs.

Anthony Jones's convictions included possessing heroin and crack cocaine in 2007 for which he appeared at Warwick Crown Court and was jailed for three-and-ahalf years.

'"This is an area where people came to seek drugsand it is a problem for the local community. JUDGE

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