Hartlepool man admits his part in £100million drugs conspiracy

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A MAN has admitted his part in a drugs ring worth hundreds of millions of pounds.

Hartlepool man David Garside, 29, admitted four charges of conspiracy to supply cocaine, amphetamine and cannabis.

He was charged with being part of a suspected 19-strong drugs ring – some of whom are from Liverpool and Wales – who were said to have been involved in the trafficking of class A and Class B drugs.

The Mail understands a single seizure of amphetamine by police was valued at £100m alone.

There are a total of eight Hartlepool men who have been arrested and charged in connection with the conspiracy – four of whom appeared at Teesside Crown Court by videolink from Holme House Prison.

Judge Peter Armstrong heard the case yesterday, and saw Garside, of Hampstead Gardens, plead guilty to four charges of conspiracy to supply the class A drug cocaine and class B drugs amphetamine and cannabis, all between February 7, 2012, and June 6, 2014.

He was remanded in custody awaiting sentence for his crimes.

Darren Crossley, 31, of Galsworthy Road, Owton Manor, and Graham Mitchell, 40, of Danby Grove, in Seaton Carew, who are charged with the same four offences both entered not guilty pleas, and had their cases adjourned.

Mark Williamson, 36, of Marlowe Road, appeared briefly via the video link, but had his case adjourned until next Friday, when 11 other men accused of being involved are due to enter pleas.

They were also remanded in custody.

Another five men from Liverpool and Wales also appeared and had their cases adjourned.

The case follows arrests on June 11 that police said were the culmination of over two years of planning by three forces.

On that day, four houses in Hartlepool were targeted by police in early morning raids.

Two more people were arrested in Wales and two in Liverpool with three further arrests made from Holme House Prison as part of Operation Roderigo.