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Fugitive Scarborough drugs gang leader jailed

Sonny Elms Image copyright North Yorkshire Police
Image caption Sonny Elms was arrested in July after spending months evading justice

The head of a drugs gang who spent months on the run after skipping bail has been jailed for nine years and eight months.

Sonny Elms, 25, and his associates flooded Scarborough with heroin and cocaine between 2013 and 2014.

Elms, of Mansfield Avenue, Manchester, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs in April 2016 but failed to turn up to be sentenced in February.

He was arrested in July and sentenced at at York Crown Court earlier.

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Elms was sentenced to eight years and eight months for the drugs offences and ordered to serve a further 12-months for failing to surrender.

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Image caption Jack Ashcroft, Drew McCormick, Jamie McKenna and Blaise Woolfe were sentenced in February

Five members of the gang were jailed in February for between six years and three months and 18 months after admitting drugs offences.

  • Jack Ashcroft, 28, of Dean Brook Close, Manchester, was jailed for six years, three months for conspiracy to supply class A drugs
  • Blaise Woolfe, 26, of Stockton Drive, Failsworth, Manchester, was jailed for four-and-a-half years being concerned in the supply of class A drugs
  • Ashley Farnell, 22, of The Fairway, New Moston, Manchester was jailed for three years, four months for conspiracy to supply class A drugs
  • Drew McCormick, 20, of Lynthorpe Road, Manchester was jailed for two-and-a-half years for conspiracy to supply class A drugs
  • Jamie McKenna, 19, of Edgeware Road, Oldham was jailed for one-and-a-half years for conspiracy to supply class A drugs - however his sentence was reduced on appeal to 12 months and suspended for 18 months

Det Sgt Ryan Chapman said: "This gang looked to target vulnerable people in Scarborough without any care for the damage drugs cause.

"Elms seemed to think that he would disappear from our radar if he didn't attend court. But it doesn't work like that."

A seventh man, 26-year-old Paul Heaton, from Manchester, remains at large after absconding before sentencing.

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Image caption A warrant has been issued for Paul Heaton after he also failed to turn up for sentencing

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