North East Wales

11 members of 'underworld' Wrexham crime gang sentenced

William "Billy" Smith (main) with, clockwise from bottom left, Andrew Owen, Daniel Goodwin, Ronnie Williams, Harry Williams, Patryk Dziewiatkowski, Trevor Jones, Nathan Richards, Jack Pritchard, Natalie Edwards and Ricky Lee Jones Image copyright North Wales Police
Image caption William "Billy" Smith (main) with, clockwise from bottom left, Andrew Owen, Daniel Goodwin, Ronnie Williams, Harry Williams, Patryk Dziewiatkowski, Trevor Jones, Nathan Richards, Jack Pritchard, Natalie Edwards and Ricky Lee Jones

An organised crime gang which terrorised people in Wrexham has been sentenced.

Mold Crown Court heard the 11 members had admitted a string of charges including supplying drugs, handling firearms and handling stolen goods.

The gang's ringleader William Smith, 44, of Wrexham, was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Judge Geraint Walters said they "formed part of an underworld that operated beneath the radar".

He said: "This team was prepared to inflict serious damage on both property and also to inflict serious bodily harm... they were prepared to inflict serious violence with the use of weapons."

"This team presented a serious threat to law and order in the area in which they operated," he added.

Det Insp Arwyn Jones of North Wales Police said: "This has been a protracted, complex and sometimes distressing investigation into the activities of an organised crime group and the violence, fear and misery they have inflicted.

"This criminal gang contained a number of violent individuals who would use and threaten violence as part of their criminality."

Sentences:

  • William "Billy" Smith (ringleader), 44, of Wrexham: 14 years for handling a stolen shotgun, possessing a weapon, conspiring to commit damage to property, conspiring to supply cocaine and cannabis, conspiring to inflict GBH with intent and possessing a knuckleduster on arrest
  • Ronnie Williams, 23, of Wrexham: Seven years for handling a stolen shotgun, conspiring to commit damage, possessing a shotgun and a sawn-off shotgun
  • Harry Williams, 21, of Rhos: Five years for handling a shotgun, possessing a sawn-off shotgun
  • Patryk Dziewiatkowski, 21, of Wrexham: 10 years for conspiring to commit arson and damage, conspiring to supply drugs and inflict GBH, and possessing an extendable baton on arrest
  • Trevor David Jones, 32, of Ponciau: Eight years for conspiring to commit arson and damage, conspiring to inflict GBH
  • Andrew Owen, 31, of Rhos: 18 months for conspiring to commit damage
  • Ricky Lee Jones, 26, of Penycae: Two years for conspiring to commit damage
  • Natalie Edwards, 34, of Wrexham: Two years for conspiring to supply drugs
  • Nathan Richards, 26, of Ponciau: Four years for being concerned in the supply of cocaine
  • Jack Pritchard, 24, of Bradley: 12 months (suspended for two years) for being concerned in an offer to supply cocaine
  • Daniel Michael Goodwin, 24, of Chirk: Two years for transferring ammunition to a prohibited person