Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

95 YEARS IN JAIL; Dealers Locked Away for Cocaine Ring

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

95 YEARS IN JAIL; Dealers Locked Away for Cocaine Ring

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A GANG of drug dealers has been jailed for almost 100 years for their role in the distribution of high quality cocaine.

The majority of the defendants were family men and of previous good character but Recorder Ian Thorp passed a total sentence of 95 years and one month to the 11 defendants for the "substantial and well-organised" operation.

The defendants of the short-lived enterprise which involved around 18-19kg of 60% pure cocaine, were sentenced for conspiring to supply the Class A drug at Teesside Crown Court yesterday.

Husband and wife, John and Tanya Rayner, were at the helm of the conspiracy. Rayner was described as the "leader", while his wife collected money and kept records.

They started the operation when Rayner's Satellite TV business started to go badly. During a search of their home on The Paddock, Elwick, near Hartlepool, police found over pounds 150,000 worth of cash.

They also found four hand grenades, which John Rayner, a former member of the armed forces admitted were his.

John Rayner, 36, was jailed for 12 years for the drugs conspiracy and one-and-a-half years for possession of an explosive substance. Tanya Rayner, 29, was jailed for 10 years.

Steven Campbell, 33, who was involved with supervising deliveries, and the negotiation of prices, was described to have being at a high level within the organisation.

The dad-of-four's defence said he became involved after becoming addicted to cocaine due to the stresses of running his restaurant.

Campbell, of Clifton Avenue, Hartlepool, was sentenced to nine years' imprisonment.

Dad-of-two Dean Peter McBean, was also involved in the negotiation of prices. His barrister said he joined the criminal enterprise after he struggled to get a job as an engineer assistant.

McBean, 31, of Marlowe Road, Hartlepool, was jailed for eight-and-a-half years. …

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