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Further 12 men charged as part of Operation Doncaster

28 Aug 2018 13:00 PM

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Twelve more men are set to appear in court today (Tuesday) as part of an investigation into suspected drug dealing at a string of Newcastle bars.
 
Last December, Northumbria Police issued four bars with closure notices as part of the activity dubbed Operation Doncaster.
 
As a result of a proactive policing operation, officers were able to gather evidence on the suspected dealing of class A drugs taking place inside the bars.
 
Four bars were handed closure notices and had conditions placed on their licences following an operation with Newcastle City Council.
 
A total of 37 people were also arrested following the execution of a number of warrants while a quantity of drugs and a firearm were seized by police.
 
Those suspects were all released under investigation pending further enquiries but seven men and one woman were later charged earlier this year.
Now a further 12 men have been charged with drugs offences and are set to appear before North Tyneside Magistrates Court today.
 
They include:
 
        - Francis Day, 27, of Emily Steet, Walker, charged with conspiracy to supply a Class A drug, two counts of possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply and one count of money laundering.
            -           Stephen Mark Jamieson, 22, of Trewhitt Road, Heaton, charged with supplying or offering to supply a Class A drug and concerned in the supply of a Class A drug.
            -           Kevin Graham Laws, 24, of Rosewood Drive, Ponteland, charged with supplying or offering to supply a Class A drug.
            -           Paul Richards, 26, of Percy Street, Hetton-le-Hole, charged with supplying or offering to supply a Class A drug and concerned in the supply of a Class A drug. 
            -           Joseph John Scott, 26, of Monkridge, North Walbottle, charged with four counts of supplying or offering to supply a Class A drug, possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply and one count of money laundering. 
            -           Sam Cottrell, 28, of Tide Spring, Hebburn, charged with conspiracy to supply a Class A drug, four counts of supplying or offering to supply a Class A drug, possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply and one count of money laundering.  
            -           Joseph Capocci, 25, of Coquet Avenue, Gosforth, charged with conspiracy to supply a class A drug. 
            -           Emilio Vincenzo Arceri, 25, of Heathfield Place, Low Fell, charged with being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug and possession of a Class A drug.
            -           Fergus John Carnegie, 28, of Hauxley Drive, Gosforth, charged with with being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug. 
            -           Mahyar Carter, 34, of Dovecote Drive, Chester-le-Street, charged with two counts of Conspiracy to Supply Class A drug, five counts of supplying or offering to supply a Class A drug,  possession with intent to supply Class A drug and money laundering.
            -           Christian McGee, 24, of Portman Mews, Sandyford, charged with supplying or offering to supply a Class A drug and being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug.
            -           Ryan Colin Colquhoun, 24, of Rydal Road, Lemington, charged with two counts of possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply, possession of a Class B drug and money laundering.
Newcastle Chief Inspector, Dave Pickett, said the Force's desire to make the city centre safe is one of the reason why there is such a thriving night-time economy.
He added: "This has been a very high profile investigation and I'm glad that we have now been able to secure a number of charges.
"The closure warnings showed licensed premises in the city centre how seriously we take such issue and I think that came as a shock to some people.
"A criminal investigation has been ongoing for some time now and this has resulted in suspects being charged to appear in court.
 
"Newcastle has a fantastic night-time economy and people come here from all over the country to enjoy it. We have a duty to ensure they can do that in a safe and responsible manner.
 
"Operation Doncaster was all about safeguarding vulnerable people and ensuring that Newcastle remains one of the safest places to enjoy a night out.” 
 
Seven men and one woman are currently going through the judicial process and are awaiting further hearings at Newcastle Crown Court later this year.
Four men have been released with no further action, one man has been handed a cannabis warning and nine other men remain under investigation for offences linked to Operation Doncaster.