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Men from Netherfield and Carlton were part of a gang selling drugs in St Ann’s who were jailed after being exposed by Nottinghamshire Police.

A police operation began with test purchase operations in the area between September 2014 and January 2015. Further enquiries uncovered three illicit businesses dealing in heroin and crack cocaine, which were conducted almost exclusively over the phone.

The MD or Biggy line, which operated in the The Wells Road area; the LD line, in the Brewsters Road area; and another line, which dealt in the Sneinton area, and were identified.

Thirteen men were charged and convicted of conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine.

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They were sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday (July 1).


After a trial, the following were found guilty and sentenced:

  • Reion Swanwick, aged 27, of The Wells Road in St Ann’s: 11 years
  • Adam Swanwick, aged 24, of Lathkill Close in Bulwell: 7 years
  • Kieron Langley, aged 27, of Pearmain Drive in St Ann’s: 7 years
  • Phillip Mills, aged 52, of The Wells Road, Nottingham: 3 years

The following previously pleaded guilty and were sentenced:

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  • Kamen Rushton, aged 21, of Ransom Road in St Ann’s: 3 years
  • Shannon Davison, aged 22, of no fixed address: 5 years 8 months
  • Ashton Swanwick, aged 23, of Hendon Rise in St Ann’s: 4 years
  • Gareth Wrenn, aged 24, of no fixed address: 30 months
  • Farid Ashtari, aged 29, of Denby Court in Netherfield: 6 years
  • Matthew Clewley, aged 24, of Dale Avenue in Carlton: 3 years
  • Joelle Moore, aged 25, of Bendigo Lane in Sneinton: 40 months
  • Callum Nugent, aged 27, of Gordon Road in St Ann’s: 7 years
  • Lewis Anderson, aged 21, of Cranbrook Street in Nottingham: 5 years
  • Leian Marshall, aged 23, Sedgley Avenue in Sneinton: 40 months
  • Elijah Henry, aged 19, of Penryn Road, St Ann’s: 4 years

Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pearson said: “Drugs lines are a business. They are the new territory, which are being bought and sold between individuals. They also cause disputes, as traditionally there has been over the conventional physical territories.

“We all know the health dangers of illegal drug use but there is a much wider impact on the community and society as a whole that is not always recognised.

“Drug use can lead to subsequent crimes in order to sustain the habit. Drug dealing more often than not has roots in organised crime, which can involve human trafficking, sexual exploitation and violent crime. With that in mind the significance of these recent convictions should not be underestimated.

“These jail terms mean those involved in the three lines have now had to hang up the phone. No more drug dealing and no more subjecting our communities to their violent crimes.

“And these convictions do not mark an end to our investigations into this type of criminality. Certainly, if we identify numbers of those trying to buy drugs on phone lines of this type don’t be surprised if you also find a police officer at your door.”

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