Operation Blue Magnet: Conspiring to supply class A drugs

SCM Law represented three of the seven Defendants facing allegations of conspiring to supply cocaine, heroin and crack cocaine between October 2015 and May 2016. The prosecution case was that the Defendants operated a professional and well-run Organised Crime Group (OCG) within South Wales. The case against the Defendants centred on allegations that substantial amounts of heroin and cocaine were regularly being transported from Liverpool and the West Midlands to South Wales for onward supply.

The controlled drugs were said to be “doubled up” i.e. being adulterated to increase the profit margins and weighed out into smaller parcels for onward supply. Although the actual quantities of drugs recovered by South Wales Police were significant, the Prosecution case is that these were but a “snapshot” of the overall work of the OCG. The prosecution case was that the gang were obtaining multiple kilos of Class A drugs and then supplying individual dealers with up to a kilo of drugs at a time.

The Defendants were said to work for very powerful drug suppliers in the North-West of England and operated as the link between the two regions. One element of the evidence made reference to “We’ll take 10” meaning a delivery of 10 kilos of Class A drugs to be supplied. The prosecution case suggested that at the time of arrest some 82 separate supplies had occurred between the North-West of England and South Wales by May 2016.

Our SCM Law advocates David Sedgwick, Rhodri Chudleigh and Robert Chudleigh represented three of the Defendants as Solicitor Advocates at each stage of the proceedings that took place before the Cardiff Crown Court.