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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Nine arrested as police seize nearly £500,000 worth of drugs

Nine men have been arrested for their part in an alleged drugs ring which led to police seizing nearly £500,000 worth of drugs.

Four Workington men and a man from Flimby were among those arrested after a series of dawn raids across the north of England on Monday and Tuesday.

Police seized £425,000 worth of drugs and £25,000 in cash.

Gary Andrew Rickerby, 40, of Washington Street, who is the owner of Naff Tatts Studio on the same street, and his son Ashley Rickerby, 22, of Casson Road, appeared at West Cumbria Magistrates Court today charged with conspiring to supply class A and B controlled drugs.

The other men arrested were Lee David Iceton, 31, of Calder Drive, James Alexander Moore, 32, of Casson Road, both of Workington, Scot Daglish, 51, of Flimby, David John Bragg, 32, of Seven Acres, Parton, Kevin Hewson, 28, of Cheviot Gardens, Gateshead, Daniel Cregg, 36, of Park Lane,  Accrington, and Gregg Anthony Crawford, 43, of Oxford Road, Liverpool.

Gary and Ashley Rickerby, Iceton, Hewson and Moore appeared at magistrates court today charged with conspiring to supply drugs.

All five men were committed to Carlisle Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on August 12.

They entered no pleas.

All of the men involved apart from Crawford were charged with conspiracy to supply drugs between May 1 and Tuesday.

Crawford was charged with money laundering and allowing premises to be used for the production of controlled drugs.

He will appear at West Cumbria Magistrates Court on Monday alongside Bragg, Daglish, and Cregg.

Seven of the men have been remanded in custody but Moore and Crawford were released on bail.

Police said the raids came as part of a three-month inquiry targeting the supply of drugs including cocaine, amphetamine and mephedrone into West Cumbria.

The operation, codenamed Arrow, saw searches carried out at five houses in Workington – in Washington Street, Calder Drive, Grasmere Avenue, Casson Road and Bolton Street.

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