Spen woman arrested as part of regional drug bust

Spen woman arrested as part of regional drug bust

A SPEN woman has been jailed for her part in a massive drugs operation throughout the north of England.

Charlotte Brannan, 44 and of Prospect Mill Meadows in Cleckheaton, was locked up for seven years for conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine, and possession of a prohibited weapon.

She was one of nine people jailed for a total of 40 years after a two-year investigation by West Yorkshire Police.

Officers found gang leader Mark Davey, 53, and his then partner Brannan, had control over a substantial amount of cocaine and heroin and were operating across West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, Lancashire and Humberside.

On May 4, 2018, Brannan was stopped by police on the M62 near to Gildersome. They discovered a kilogram of high-purity cocaine in the footwell of the car, which had an estimated street value of £70,000.

Her house at the time, on Hartshead Lane in Liversedge, was then searched and police found a further kilogram of high-purity heroin and more than £26,000 in cash.

It is believed Brannan was on her way to meet another member of the drugs gang, Robert Clark, in Scarborough. He was arrested at his home on Loders Green where over £160,000 cash was found.

On July 3 Davey, alongside Michael Wilson, delivered 1kg of vacuum-packed skunk to Shaun Smith who was then spotted by police in his getaway car.

Smith tried to evade officers by driving the wrong way up the M62 slip road at the Chain Bar roundabout – nearly hitting a motorcyclist head-on.

Police found the cannabis concealed in a grass verge at the side of the motorway and the car abandoned at Hartshead Moor services.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Waller, from WYP's Precision Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said: "I hope the significant prison sentences they have received will serve to reassure communities in West Yorkshire, and further afield, of how seriously the police take the issue of drugs.

"It should also send a clear message to those who think they can get away with drug dealing, that they will not get away with profiting from this criminal trade."

The other conspirators were given sentences ranging between five months (suspended) and 10 and a half years.

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