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Women's homes used as bases for heroin drugs gang in Weston-super-Mare

By The Bristol Post  |  Posted: February 20, 2013

  • Melanie Tomkinson

  • Melissa Cutler

A drugs gang who sold heroin worth tens of thousands of pounds on the streets of Weston-super-Mare will spend more than 12 years behind bars.

Two men from Liverpool and a woman from Weston were sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on Friday with a second woman due for sentence in March.

David McVeigh, 34, co-ordinated the supply of heroin to Weston while 29-year-old fellow Liverpudlian Daniel O’Brien was responsible for holding the drugs and cash on McVeigh’s behalf.

O’Brien also dealt the drug within the town.

They both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and McVeigh was sentenced to six years while O’Brien was sentenced to four years and nine months.

Melanie Tomkinson, 37, from Baildon Road, Weston, and Melissa Cutler, 42, of Wadham Street, also Weston, pleaded guilty to the same offences after they allowed the two Liverpudlians to use their homes as bases to deal from.

Both women dealt the drug in return for payment in the form of heroin and Tomkinson was sentenced to two years.

The court heard how O’Brien and the two Weston women all paid the cash proceeds of the drugs they sold directly into the bank account of McVeigh.

The organised crime group is the second to be jailed in as many months.

In December, three men from Liverpool and one man from Weston were jailed for a total of 17 years for the same offences.

The ringleader of that group, Thomas Dean, has since been given a restraining order, which bans him from Weston for 20 years.

Detective Sergeant Saj Rizvi, who leads North Somerset’s Targeting Team, said: “This is a very similar case to the group jailed last December – both were run by Liverpudlians who targeted people in Weston to sell their heroin. In both cases, we were on to them very quickly.

“We know when the wrong people arrive here and are determined Weston won’t be an easy target for them.

“Hopefully, that sends out a very strong message not only to people in Weston that we pull out all the stops to lock these people up, but also to the drug dealers themselves not to risk coming here.”

The group’s conviction follows an eight-month investigation by North Somerset’s plain clothes Targeting Team.

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