Stoke & Staffordshire

West Midlands Kinder eggs drugs gang jailed

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Image caption Clockwise from top: Andrew Chambers, Christopher Mayers, Daniel Nelson, Dharmesh Patel, Matthew Adderley, Martin Kelly, Leon Morton, Jamaine McFarlane

A gang of drug dealers who stashed rocks of crack cocaine inside Kinder eggs have been jailed.

Money, drugs and Rolex watches were found in the homes and cars of the eight men from the Black Country and Staffordshire in 2014 and 2015.

Ringleader Dharmesh Patel tried to run from police as he was arrested, throwing away phone parts and swallowing a SIM card.

The men previously admitted conspiracy to supply cocaine and crack cocaine.

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Stafford Crown Court heard police stopped members of the gang in the Cannock area between April 2014 and August 2015 and searched their vehicles.

Officers also found £42,000 cash, as well as a Rolex watch worth £12,600, when they searched Patel's home.

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Image caption Police seized money and drugs hidden inside Kinder eggs

At a search of McFarlane's address, police said 278 rocks of crack were found, along with 143g of crack cocaine and 170g of cocaine.

Officers also found crack cocaine concealed inside Kinder eggs in a search of one of the vehicles.

The men were jailed on Thursday after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and crack cocaine.

Ch Insp Geoff Knight said: "This is a great result and we are delighted to see eight men behind bars for a considerable period of time.

"All of these men played a significant role in fuelling drug crime in south Staffordshire and their sentences are very much welcomed."

The defendants and sentences

  • Dharmesh Patel, 33, of Shale Street, Bilston, was jailed for 12 years and six months
  • Martin Charleton Kelly, 44, of Holyoake Place, Rugeley, was jailed for eight years and one month
  • Christopher Mayers, 30, of Cedar Crescent, Rugeley, was jailed for six years and three months
  • Leon Morton, 30, of Hazel Grove, Bilston, was sentenced to four years in prison
  • Daniel Nelson, 36, of Barracks Lane, Walsall, was jailed for four years and six months
  • Matthew Adderley, 37, of Waterbrook Way, Cannock, was sentenced to four years
  • Jamaine McFarlane, 31, of Bilston, was sentenced to six years
  • Andrew Junior Chambers, 45, of no fixed abode, was jailed for six years and three months