Two more Hartlepool men jailed for roles in £30million drug ring

Neil Guttridge and Darren Crossley
Neil Guttridge and Darren Crossley

Two more Hartlepool men have been jailed for their roles in a £30million cross-Pennine drug dealing ring.

Neal Gutteridge, 30, of Gower Walk, was sentenced to seven years behind bars for conspiracy to supply cocaine, amphetamine and cannabis as well as for separate money laundering charges.

He helped to launder thousands of pounds of drugs cash from the Hartlepool organised crime organisation headed by Adrian Morfitt and David Garside.

Gutteridge directed several handovers of cash to people collecting on behalf of unknown criminals in the North West of England.

He was also directly involved in the Hartlepool dealing operation including a handover of a 25 kilo consignment of amphetamine worth £1.3million in Hartlepool on August 8, 2012 to a customer from Newcastle.

Gutteridge also took part in meetings between the leading members of Hartlepool organisation and their partners from Liverpool.

Darren Crossley, 31, of Galsworthy Road, Hartlepool, was also jailed for seven years after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply supply cocaine.

He took delivery of one kilo of the drug at 83 per cent purity from North West courier Christopher Evans, 51, of Chorley, on November 1, 2013.

Phone evidence also showed Crossley was more widely involved including being a contact for a previous cocaine deal.

Hartlepool ringleaders Morfitt, of Caistor Drive, and Garside, of Hampstead Gardens, were jailed for 12 years and eleven years and eight months, respectively, on Thursday.

Three final Hartlepool dealers along with several from the North West side will be sentenced today.