Two heartless drug dealers have been jailed after they sold ecstasy tablets to children as young as TWELVE.
Craig Banks, 40, and Dominic Evans, 21, were apprehended after Merseyside Police launched an investigation into how young school kids were able to get the drugs.
Some of the youngsters were taken to hospital after suffering from the effects of the banned substance, the Liverpool Echo reports.
Banks, of Wheatland Lane, Seacombe, was jailed for six years, nine months at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply ecstasy and being concerned in the supply of ecstasy.
Evans, of Norman Street, Birkenhead, was locked up for four years and eight months after admitting conspiracy to supply ecstasy, and possession of cannabis, cocaine and ecstasy with intent to supply.
The court heard the children, aged between 12 and 16, collapsed between March and May 2017.
This led to an investigation alongside local schools, the council and the NHS which saw seizures of ecstasy, cocaine, amphetamine, cannabis and TFMPP (a recreational drug sold under the name ‘Legal X’).
The force conducted raids in February this year at addresses linked to Banks and Evans.
Banks’ partner Cody Davies, 23, of Wheatland Lane, Seacombe, was spared jail after admitting possession of amphetamines with intent to supply.
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The court heard there is no evidence she supplied drugs to children, and she was sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for 18 months.
Detective Inspector Paul Lamb said Today’s result comes on the back of a lengthy multi-agency investigation looking into drug supply in the Wirral.
We know a number of children were taken to hospital after taking these drugs and it is only by good fortune that we did not have a fatality as a result.
We know that the children were also sharing the tablets, largely because they are afraid of taking them on their own, but they need to understand that by passing a Class A drug on to another child amounts to supplying. A number of children were either cautioned or charged as a result of this investigation.
Other children were also taking them through peer pressure and parents need to reassure their children that it is the right thing to say ‘No’ and resist this pressure.
I hope that these sentences send home the message that drug dealing with not be tolerated and that Merseyside Police will take every step within its powers to find the people responsible for dealing drugs and bring them to justice.
Four teenagers – a 15 year-old boy, a 15 year-old girl and two 13 year-old girls were charged with supplying Class A drugs as a result of the investigation. A 16 year-old girl was also given a caution for supply of a controlled drug.
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