Hartlepool men admit role in drug network

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TWO men from Hartlepool have admitted their part in a plot to supply large quantities of cocaine.

Thirteen people from Hartlepool, Merseyside and Sunderland appeared at Teesside Crown Court yesterday to answer drugs charges.

Town men Lee Ryan, 30, and Alan Forcer, 34, pleaded guilty to conspiring with Steven Adair, 56, from Huyton, Liverpool, to supply cocaine between January 14 and March 20 last year.

But five Hartlepool men pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine between January 1 and March 20 last year.

They are David Gallagher, 54, of Wharton Terrace; David Haggan, 42, of Cranwell Road; Michael Jackson, 62, of Kilmarnock Road; Neil Jackson, 41, of Dowson Road; and Lee Haggan, 37, of Campbell Road.

They are jointly charged with three men from Sunderland and one from Merseyside.

Michael Jackson admitted a separate offence of possession of cannabis with intent to supply on November 20 last year.

His wife Gillian Jackson, 52, of Thornville Road, Hartlepool, denied the same charge.

David Haggan also denied possession of Class B drugs cannabis resin and amphetamine on March 19 last year.

David Gallagher pleaded not guilty to possession of cannabis on the same date.

Forcer and Ryan were remanded in custody.

A trial for all the others, who were granted conditional bail, will take place on January 12 and is expected to last two weeks.