Wales

Tonyrefail drugs gang leaders jailed for seven years

Jonathan Button and Anthony Harris Image copyright South Wales Police
Image caption Jonathan Button and Anthony Harris received seven years jail each

Two ringleaders of a gang intending to supply £500,000 of cocaine in Rhondda Cynon Taff have each been jailed for seven years.

Jonathan Button, 26, and Anthony Harris, 22, both from Tonyrefail, were caught after police carried out two raids as part of Operation Orange Gobi.

Seven other members were jailed for between two and four years, while another received a suspended sentence.

All 10 admitted conspiracy to supply Class A drugs at Cardiff Crown Court.


Sentences

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Image caption (L-R): Harris, Button, Liam Price, Jack Taylor and James Edwards were part of the gang
  • Jonathan Button, 26, from Tonyrefail - seven years
  • Anthony Harris, 22, from Tonyrefail - seven years
  • James Edwards, 28, from Tonyrefail - 30 months
  • Rhys Bailey, 33, from Tonyrefail - two years (suspended)
  • Kieron Ashman, 27, Tonyrefail - two years
  • Jack Taylor, 22, from Pontypridd - 30 months
  • Michael Rogers, 53, from Tonyrefail - two years
  • Liam Price, 23, from Tonyrefail - 30 months
  • Craig Jarvis, 39, from Abertridwr - two years
  • William Ryan Evans, 28, from Tonyrefail - four years and six months

The court heard 1.5kg of cocaine was recovered in two house raids in September and October 2015.

South Wales Police officers also seized more than £50,000 in cash and two sports cars under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Judge David Wynn Morgan said: "This crime network was motivated by money.

"These conspiracies spread their tentacles through communities in an insidious way and spoil those communities."

One further gang member will be sentenced at a later date.