Hartlepool man appears in court accused of being part of £1.5m Liverpool drug ring

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A MAN from Hartlepool and four others from the Liverpool area have appeared in court this morning after police seized drugs worth £1.5m.

Cleveland Police officers had swooped on a house in Colwell Road, Croxeth, Liverpool, and discovered a stash of suspected amphetamine which they believe was destined for the streets of Hartlepool and the Teesside area.

Richard Ryan, 35, of Marlowe Road, Hartlepool, has now appeared in court accused of conspiracy to supply amphetamine supplement between August 6 and August 9 last year.

He and Keith Watson, 37, of Smithy Lane, Ormskirk, also face a second charge of conspiracy to supply cocaine between January 28 and February 2 of this year.

Ryan was also joined in the dock at Teesside Magistrates’ Court by co-accused John Knowles, 25, of Litherland Road, Bootle, Merseyside; Colin Cheshire, 49, of Colwell Road, Liverpool, and James Ainsworth, 24, of Weaver Avenue, Liverpool.

They are charged with conspiracy to supply amphetamine supplememnt, a class B drug, between January 28 and February 2.

Due to the seriousness of the charges magistrates sent the case to Teesside Crown Court where the men will make their first appearance on Monday, February 17.

All were remanded in custody.