Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Nine Admit to Drugs Plot

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Nine Admit to Drugs Plot

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NINE people arrested as part of a massive strike against the drugs underworld have admitted conspiring to supply crack cocaine on Teesside.

The six men and three women were caught during a nationwide operation - spearheaded by Cleveland Police - against a network of drug dealers. More than 400 officers took part in raids on homes in the North-east and London to smash a multi-million-pound gang.

Numerous defendants were due to face trial at Teesside Crown Court this week but on Monday seven pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply a Class A drug, crack cocaine, between April 5, 2006 and April 25 last year.

They were: Paul Lynch, 36, of Faygate, Hemlington; Londoners Albert Thoms, 31, Wycliffe Clark, 37, Stephen Alcide, 46, and Lloyd Ormsby, 33; Neisha Hemmings, 26, from Oxford, and Marcus Steadman, 29, of no fixed address.

Yesterday Sushana Young, 24, of Wolverhampton, was due to face trial, but pleaded guilty to the conspiracy.

A ninth defendant, Claudine Neil, 38, said to have acted as a "secretary or cog", previously admitted her role. …

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