Liverpool news Mum, two sons and 'potential' LFC footballer in £1.4m drugs plot MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - They were among those at the heart of a major County Lines heroin and cocaine conspiracy
Breaking News ! A mum, her two sons and a 'promising' Liverpool footballer were part of a huge drugs operation worth £1.38m. Scott Hendry, his brother, Josh Hendry, as well as their mother, Leslie Aytoun, from Merseyside, were among those at the heart of a major County Lines heroin and cocaine conspiracy. Jamie Shaw, whom a court heard was one of their helpers, was said to have the potential to become a Liverpool Football Club player before abandoning that career. Judge Roger Thomas QC told Sheffield Crown Court that a considerable amount of Class A drugs heroin and cocaine was sent from Merseyside to Grimsby in a County Lines operation, reports Grimsby Live. Hendry, 27, of Warrington, denied conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine but was convicted after a trial. His key accomplice, Andreas Vassou, 30, of Liverpool, as well as Shaw, 23, of Runcorn, also known as Jamie Blythe, and Reece Navarro, 21, of Liverpool, and Lee Healey, 33, of Widnes, also known as Lee Blackburn, admitted the offences. Judge Thomas said: "This was a professional organisation and a large-scale operation, the principal operators being centred in Merseyside and others in Grimsby who would supply the drug onwards." The operation spanned September 2017 and March 2019. Those at the top end of the conspiracy could, by being on the other side of the country, "seek to hide from what was immediately going on far away" by using several telephones. Jamie Shaw has been jailed after police smashed a major drugs ring targeting Grimsby (Image: Humberside Police) Drugs were delivered from one side of the country to the other. The operation was run by Scott Hendry and his brother, Josh Hendry, as well as their mother, Leslie Aytoun, from Merseyside. Judge Thomas added: "These three family members were at the pinnacle of the operation." Aytoun, 49, of Liverpool had pleaded guilty and was awaiting sentence and Josh Hendry, is on the run from police after being jailed for 10 years in his absence. Vassou played an important role by renting a room in Grimsby and making at least 62 round trips there from Merseyside to transport drugs. He also took bundles of cash back to Merseyside. He had about £22,000 with him when he was arrested in Grimsby when "police closed the net" on the dealing. Read More Related Articles Teenager held on suspicion of murder after popular Liverpool fan stabbed to death Read More Related Articles Former Liverpool player Andre Wisdom stabbed multiple times during city street robbery Judge Thomas said: "There was an overarching County Lines operation being undertaken." Navarro was arrested in 2017 when he had false number plates on a car. Shaw operated as a street dealer in Grimsby but was caught after trying to run away during a search of a house. He had £900 cash on him as well as heroin and crack cocaine.
. Healey was locked up for nine years. Navarro was jailed for two years and 11 months and Shaw for two years and eight months. Others have yet to be sentenced but their cases have been delayed because of the coronavirus situation.
Andres Vassou rented a room in Grimsby and made at least 62 trips there from Merseyside
(Image: Humberside Police)
Paul Becker, mitigating, said Scott Hendry had "large periods of inactivity" and claimed that he became involved further as an "understudy" after his brother fled from the country. Mr Becker said: "He says he is innocent". A jury had, however, convicted Hendry. Stephen Robinson, representing Vassou, said that the cannabis addict transported large amounts of money back to Merseyside. Mr Robinson said: "He was transporting drugs from Liverpool to Grimsby.
"It was distributed onwards from there. There was a financial reward. "He admitted his involvement straight away on being stopped by the police. He has shown remorse for his actions." Ayesha Smart, representing Navarro, said that the defendant became involved after becoming addicted to cocaine by the age of 17 and building up a large debt. He was given the chance to work off the debt and received free drugs. He played a limited role. Receive newsletters with the latest news, sport and what's on updates from the Liverpool ECHO by signing up here. Lloyd Morgan, representing Shaw, said that the defendant's role was limited to street dealing for slightly more than two weeks. Mr Morgan said: "He had no influence on anyone above him in the chain of supply. "He had a potentially promising career playing for Liverpool Football Club but was unable to continue with that due to family difficulties."
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