…By Judah Olanisebee for TDPel Media.
Family-Based Drug Gang Busted in West Wales, Court Convicts Members
In a significant operation targeting an organized crime group, the Leyson clan, operating across west Wales, law enforcement authorities discovered a family-based drug gang supplying cocaine and cannabis to dealers in Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, and Swansea.
The group’s leader, Stephen Leyson, was found in possession of a semi-automatic handgun, adding further gravity to their illegal activities.
Unveiling the Drug Dealing Operation: The drug dealing network was brought down in October 2021 when the police raided Pibwr Farm in Capel Dewi, near Carmarthen.
The search at the property yielded substantial quantities of cocaine and cannabis, valued at thousands of pounds, along with a substantial amount of cash.
Furthermore, this operation marked the first time that Dyfed-Powys Police seized a semi-automatic handgun, heightening the significance of the case.
Members of the Organized Crime Group Convicted: Following a comprehensive two-week trial, Stephen Leyson, the head of the family, was convicted on several charges, including possession of a firearm and conspiracies to supply Class A and Class B drugs.
Alongside him, his wife, Lynne Leyson, and their son, Samson Leyson, were also found guilty of conspiracies to supply drugs.
Additionally, an associate of the family, Andrew Jenkins, was convicted of conspiracy to supply Class B drugs.
Two other individuals, Ritchie Coleman and Emma Calver-Roberts, pleaded guilty to their roles in the drug distribution.
Criminal Histories and Defense Statements: The court heard about the previous criminal offenses of the accused individuals, including Stephen Leyson’s history of violent behavior, Samson Leyson’s driving-related conviction, Jenkins’ drug-related and driving offenses, Coleman’s violent and motoring offenses, and Calver-Roberts’ driving conviction.
Defense lawyers presented various arguments, including Stephen Leyson’s claim that he intended to hand over the handgun to the police.
Sentencing and Ongoing Investigation: The judge handed down sentences, ranging from 11 years to two years and four months, for the convicted individuals.
Lynne Leyson remains at large, with an arrest warrant issued for her.
The court ordered a pre-sentence report for Emma Calver-Roberts, who will be sentenced later.
Additionally, the Leyson family’s finances will be subjected to a Proceeds of Crime Act investigation, including valuable items seized during the police search.
Conclusion: The successful conviction of the Leyson family and their associates is a significant victory in the fight against drug-related crimes in the region.
The law enforcement authorities emphasized their dedication to curbing the supply of illegal substances and promised to act swiftly on any information related to drug trafficking.
With this operation, they hope to send a clear message that criminal activities will not go unpunished in their area.
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