Four men have been sentenced to a total of 25 years in prison for their part in a class A drugs conspiracy.
Steven Naylor, of Patterdale Drive, St Helens, David Naylor, of Deane Road, Liverpool, Robert Crabb, of Field Lane, Fazakerley and Anthony Cuddy, of Feltwood Road, Liverpool, were sentenced today, Friday, at Liverpool Crown Court.
All four men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine.
Steven Naylor, 36, was jailed for eight years eight months, David Naylor, 26, was jailed for six years, Cuddy, 32, for five years four months and Crabb, 44, for five years.
A fifth man, Anthony Wayne Simpson, 41, of Thackray Road, St Helens, previously pleaded guilty to possession of heroin with intent to supply and was jailed for five years and four months in November.
The police investigation, which took place between June and November, concentrated on four recoveries of controlled drugs at Sorogold Street, St Helens, on June 9, Clinkham Wood Estate, St Helens, on July 30, Thackray Road, St Helens on August 10 and Feltwood Road, Liverpool, on October 14.
Plain clothes officers witnessed a vehicle pull into Sorogold Street, St Helens, on June 9 and become involved in a transaction with a drug user.
Upon searching the user officers located six wraps of heroin and crack cocaine. Steven Naylor was arrested for this offence.
Police stopped a vehicle with Steven Naylor driving and upon a search recovered 50 wraps of Class A drugs, namely heroin and crack cocaine on July 30 in Clinkham Wood.
A search warrant was executed at Thackray Road, St Helens the home address of Simpson on August 10.
Officers located a box containing a black bag. Inside the bag was a safe. Simpson told officers he did not have a key and a locksmith forced the safe open.
Inside the safe were four packages wrapped in brown tape, along with a number of smaller white plastic bags containing powder.
The four packages were found to contain a total of 1.958Kg of heroin at 58-61 per cent purity; the smaller bags contained 388.53g of bash type product. The drugs were valued between £117,531 and £195,885.
Simpson denied the offence, alleging the safe and its contents must have belonged to his mother who passed away recently.
He was charged, remanded into custody and following a guilty plea at Liverpool Crown Court was sentenced on November 9.
His mitigation was that he was looking after the drugs for other people whom he refused to name.
Both Simpson and Steven Naylor were forensically linked to drugs recovered from Simpson’s address.
Enquiries then led police to conduct a search warrant on the October 14 at Feltwood Road which is the home address of Cuddy. During the search 288 wraps of class A drugs, namely heroin and crack cocaine, were recovered.
Detective Constable Dan Pilling said: “Merseyside Police is committed to targeting those who are involved in serious and organised crime. The clear message today is that if you are involved in the supply of illegal drugs, you will be arrested and put before the courts. Drugs blight our communities and fuels crime
“This group have plagued the streets of St Helens for several years profiting heavily from the sales of drugs.
“We believe Steven Naylor was the leader of the group responsible for the supply of Class A drugs in the St Helens area. We also believe that Crabb was the group’s driver, David Naylor was responsible for the day to day street dealing and Cuddy responsible for storing, cutting and bagging the drugs ready for street level dealing. Simpson was jailed for helping to store quantities of the drugs at his home address.
“I hope these sentences serve as a deterrent to anyone thinking of becoming involved in the supply of drugs. My message is that we will find you and we will put you before the courts.”