Court date for “drugs gang”

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A ST Helens man was among nine people charged following an investigation by the Serious Organised Crime Agency into drug trafficking and money laundering.

Ian Fitzgibbon, 38, of Heigham Gardens, Sutton Heath, stands accused of conspiracy to import and supply heroin, conspiracy to supply MDMA and money laundering.

His brother Jason, 40, of Crofton Mansions, Liverpool, stands accused of the same charges.

Daniel Smith, 26, of Warren Road, Liverpool, has been charged with conspiracy to import and supply heroin and conspiracy to supply MDMA.

And Spencer Douglas, 44, of Budworth Drive, Liverpool, has been charged with conspiracy to import and supply heroin.

Another two men – Anthony McNamee, 53, and Joseph Caldwell, 54, both of Toxteth, Liverpool – were charged with the heroin conspiracies on 6 December and 11 December respectively.

All six will appear at Manchester Crown Court on January 8 for a plea and case management hearing.

Ian and Jason’s parents, William and Christine Fitzgibbon, aged 63 and 59 respectively, of Edale Road, Allerton, were charged on October 22 with money laundering.

Neil Brown, 40, of Capella Close, Liverpool, was charged on the same day with conspiracy to supply MDMA.