Four men from Arnold and Mapperley were part of a gang all jailed for a total of 18 years for conspiring to supply cocaine and cannabis for sale on the streets of Nottinghamshire.
James Stacey, of Forest Road, Mansfield, was the ringleader of group supplying cocaine, MDMA (ecstasy), cannabis and steroids, until a police investigation – Operation Fallency – led to search warrants being executed across the county in August 2013.
Until then, Stacey had enjoyed a lavish lifestyle, owning two houses and two high value cars, despite earning a declared income of just £15,000 as a mechanic.
When officers arrived at his workplace, he was seen trying to dispose of white powder, which was seized and analysed, revealing that it was cocaine and MDMA.
He ran a network of lower-level dealers, many of whom were in debt to Stacey, who also lent money and enforced so called ‘drug debts’, and helped him to sell the drugs on the streets of Nottinghamshire.
At the home of Haydn Henson, in Bentwell Avenue, Arnold, class A and class B drugs were found by officers, while benzocaine, a ‘cutting agent’ commonly used to bulk out cocaine and to help dealers increase profits, was found in the possession of Daniel Grady.
Stacey’s cousin Sean had a cannabis grow with an estimated street value of almost £40,000 at his home in Ganton Close, Mapperley.
An even more valuable haul was found at the home of James Stacey’s partner, Kerrie Roynane, in Kingsley Drive, Netherfield.
Another court case meant that the investigation into the drugs supply conspiracy could not proceed immediately.
In the meantime, however, a sixth member of the conspiracy, 23-year-old Stuart Hall, was identified and arrested in December 2014.
The investigation revealed that, unlike the others, Hall had a more prominent role in the drugs supply conspiracy on a par with James Stacey.
James Stacey, 30, of Forest Road, Mansfield, pleaded guilty to: Conspiracy to supply cocaine Conspiracy to produce cannabis Conspiracy to supply cannabis resin Possession of MDMA (class A) Possession of amphetamine (class B) Possession of testosterone (class C)
Stuart Hall, 23, of Rolleston Drive, Arnold, pleaded guilty to: Conspiracy to supply cocaine Conspiracy to supply cannabis resin
Sean Stacey, 38, of Ganton Close, Mapperley, pleaded guilty to: Conspiracy to produce cannabis Conspiracy to supply cannabis resin Possession of CS spray
Kerrie Ronayne, 28, of Forest Road Mansfield, pleaded guilty to: Conspiracy to supply cocaine Conspiracy to produce cannabis Conspiracy to supply cannabis resin
Haydn Henson, 23, of Bentwell Avenue, Arnold, pleaded guilty to: Conspiracy to supply cocaine Conspiracy to produce cannabis Conspiracy to supply cannabis resin
Daniel Grady, 29, of Birchfield Avenue, Arnold, pleaded guilty to: Conspiracy to supply cocaine Conspiracy to supply cannabis resin
All admitted the charges when they appeared at Nottingham Crown Court earlier this year.
James Stacey was sentenced to five years and eight months, Stuart Hall was sent to prison for three years and eight months, Sean Stacey was given a three year sentence, Kerrie Roynane was jailed for three years, Haydn Henson was sentenced to two years and Daniel Grady was jailed for nine months.
Detective Sergeant Simon Pearson, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “James Stacey controlled this conspiracy through fear, lending money to associates and then enforcing the debt, which sometimes required those individuals to sell drugs for him, enabling him to enjoy a lifestyle which was well beyond the legitimate income he earned as a mechanic.
“He also exploited his employer’s trust in him by using his place of work to exchange quantities of drugs with his network of dealers. He ran a sophisticated business that required a lot of investigation’.
“His use of intimidation does not excuse the actions of his co-conspirators, however, and the sentences given today emphasise the seriousness of conspiring to sell illegal and addictive drugs in our communities.”