Crack cocaine and heroin drugs ring sentenced for targeting south Cumbria

Daniel Miller

Lee Hathaway

Paul Johnson

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SEVEN people have been sentenced for their role in a drugs ring targeting south Cumbria.

Collectively the seven were sentenced to a total of 21 years and one month in prison for supplying Class A drugs in the area.


The seven people who were sentenced were:

• Daniel Miller, 26, of Devon Street, Barrow in Furness was sentenced to 21 months in prison

• Amy Spellman, 22, of Tay Court, Barrow in Furness received a community and supervision order

• Robert Snelham, 23, of Deansburn Road, Liverpool was sentenced to five years in prison

• James Byott, 20, of Garnett Avenue, Liverpool was sentenced to four years and six months in prison

• Hasan Ahmed, 22, of Hesketh Avenue, Liverpool was sentenced to four years and six months in prison

• Paul Johnson, 27, of Scafell Walk, Liverpool was sentenced to two years and  eight months in prison

• Lee Hathaway, 26, of Whitney Road, Liverpool was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison

The sentences are part of an investigation which followed on from Operation Axe, which was led by the South Area Drugs Unit into the supply of drugs.

Miller and Spellman’s home addresses in Barrow were identified by police as the centre of the supply of Class A drugs.

During the investigation more than £4,000 worth of heroin and crack cocaine was recovered, along with nearly £2,000 in cash.

Police have said that the trade was lucrative and was being orchestrated by a Merseyside criminal gang.

Hathaway, Johnson and Miller were sentenced on June 13. Snelham, Byott, Ahmed and Spellman received their sentencing today (June 30) at Preston Crown Court.

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