Drugs gang prosecuted by No5 Barristers' Chambers counsel

Fri, 21 Dec 2018

Matthew Brook and Cathlyn Orchard have successfully prosecuted a county lines drugs gang at Stafford Crown Court.

The gang, led by brothers Abdul, Mohammed and Shabaz Saeed, from Wolverhampton, supplied cocaine from Stoke on Trent to Cannock. Police seized 200,000 of the class A drug, 40,000 cash and 129 mobile phones during the course of the investigation, which began in 2013.

Detectives pieced together the conspiracy monitoring vehicle movements, CCTV and gathering phone data in what was described as a complex investigation.

The gang was sentenced to a total of 50 years, all but three defendants admitted drugs charges. Richard Smallman, Shabaz Saeed and Stephen Coldrick, were all found guilty at earlier trials.

The below were sentenced for conspiracy to supply cocaine:

Abdul Saeed, 38, of no fixed address, sentenced to six years two months 
Mohammed Saeed, 43, of Summerfield Road, Wolverhampton, sentenced to six years, four months (already served five years, six months) 
Shabaz Saeed, 46, of Napier Road, Wolverhampton, sentenced to nine years, three months 
Sonny Barham, 30, of Weston Drive, Walsall, sentenced to two years, six months 
Sandy McInnes, 33, of Pye Green Road, Cannock, sentenced to seven years, two months 
Stephen Coldrick, 62, of Evans Street, Wolverhampton, sentenced to seven years 
Richard Smallman, 31, of Beau Court, Hednesford Road, Cannock, sentenced to four years, nine months 
Martin Lloyd, 27, of Canford Place, Cannock, sentenced to one year 10 months (already served three years). 
Craig Hartshorne, 31, of Newhall Gardens, Cannock Road, Cannock, sentenced to one year 10 months (already served four years). 
Emily Adams, 26, of Pye Green Road, Cannock, sentenced to three years, four months. 
Charlotte Adams, 29, of Cannock, sentenced to 20 months, suspended for two years and ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work. 
Tina Hall-McInnes, 36, of Brooklands Road, Cannock, sentenced to 20 months, suspended for two years and ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work. 
Kylie McGowan, 33, of no fixed address, sentenced to 18 months, suspended for two years and ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work. 
Benjamin Brown, 34, of Wolverhampton Road, Cannock, and Nathan Davis, 28, of Bradbury Lane, Hednesford, will be sentenced in March after entering guilty pleas. 
Shane Girvan, 32, of Rigby Drive, Cannock, and Robert Jones, 26, of Buttermere Close, Cannock, were each given 40 hours community service for possession of cocaine.

Matthew Brook is a member of the Criminal Law group at No5 Barristers’ Chambers. To view his profile please visit: www.no5.com/barristers/barrister-details/293-matthew-brook/

Cathlyn Orchard is part of the crime group at No% Barristers’ Chambers. To view her profile please visit: www.no5.com/barristers/barrister-details/465-cathlyn-orchard/

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