Two jailed for their parts in organised crime drugs gang
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Two members of an organised crime gang have been jailed for their parts in the supply of amphetamine in Caerphilly.
Michael Pipe, aged 30, from Bedwas, and Matthew Heyes, aged 37, from Lancashire, appeared at Cardiff Crown Court today, Friday 24 September for sentencing.
They were both charged with conspiring to supply a controlled drug of class B – amphetamine.
Pipe (pictured below) was jailed for four years.
Heyes (pictured below) was jailed for three years.
The period of offending was between January and May 2020.
Both defendants plead guilty at an earlier hearing.
Four people in total have been charged as part of Operation Beechway – an investigation into a conspiracy to supply amphetamine. A man is already serving a prison sentence having been jailed for more than four years for his part in the conspiracy; while another member of the group is awaiting sentencing.
Detective Sergeant Shelley Baynes, from Gwent Police’s organised crime unit, said: “These two defendants conspired with others to supply drugs as part of a Caerphilly-based organised crime group.
“This sentence sends a clear message to those who involve themselves in the supply of drugs that we will catch you and make sure you face the consequences of your actions.
“This operation is just one aspect of our continued fight to tackle serious and organised crime. We’re committed to keeping our communities safe from this sort of criminal activity.
“Drugs ruin lives and communities; it is criminals such as these two who profit from exploiting vulnerable people.
“Anyone with information, or those who are concerned about drug supply in their area, can contact us so we can continue to take action against this type of crime.
“Anyone with concerns can call us on 101, send us a direct message on our social media accounts or alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”