Long prison terms for men behind drug supply organisation - The Evesham Observer

Long prison terms for men behind drug supply organisation

Evesham Editorial 25th May, 2022   0

FOUR men have been jailed for a combined 26 years for their role in supplying drugs within Worcestershire and as far away as Devon.

Gareth Pegler, Mighele Massey, Karl Browning and Darren Pegler were sentenced at Worcester Crown Court on Friday.

Others have also been convicted in connection with this case and are awaiting sentence.

Gareth Pegler, Massey and Browning were all involved in supplying cocaine between 2018 and 2020, with some deals involving over 20kg of the drug.

Gareth Pegler, Darren Pegler and Browning were also involved in the cultivation and supply of cannabis.

Following an investigation into serious and organised crime, the four were arrested across 2020 and subsequently charged.

Gareth Pegler, 39, of Saxon Way, Wychbold, was charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine, three counts of conspiracy to produce cannabis and handling a stolen car.

He pleaded guilty and was jailed for 14 years.

Of Gareth Pegler, His Honour Judge Jackson said: “He involved people and members of his own family, which is a significant aggravating feature of his offending. He displayed an entirely selfish and callous attitude.”

Massey, 38, of Stourbridge Road, Dudley, was charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine.

He also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to seven years and nine months in prison.

Browning, 43, of Hurcott Road, Kidderminster, was charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine and conspiracy to produce cannabis.

He was found guilty and jailed for four years.

Darren Pegler, 41, of Coronation Way, Kidderminster, was charged with conspiracy to produce cannabis.

He was also found guilty and sentenced to 12 months.

Det Sgt Gareth Evans said: “Drugs can have a devastating impact on communities.

“The supply of cocaine is not a victimless crime – drug supply generates other offences often to support habits or pay debts which impacts on the wider public.

“Vulnerable people are often used to perform roles within the enterprise with little or no regard for their wellbeing.

“Gareth Pegler received a substantial sentence that represented the extent of his exploitation of others.

“These sentences demonstrate it is simply not acceptable to be involved in drug crime in any way and we seek the assistance and support of the community in targeting those responsible.”

He urged anyone with information on drug dealing in their area to call police on 101, report it at westmercia.police.uk/ro/report/ or via Crimestoppers – by visiting crimestoppers-uk.org/ or by calling 0800 555 111.

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