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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Ten in court after Cumbria police undercover drugs operations

The people appeared at Carlisle Crown Court yesterday following two separate undercover police investigations into the supply of hard drugs.

First, four men were in court on drug-dealing charges as a result of an investigation code-named Operation Silkworm.

Then a woman and six men – including one of the defendants from the first case – appeared on similar charges arising from Operation Adder

The defendants were not asked to enter pleas but were all remanded until August 17, when they are likely to be invited to do so.

Six were remanded in custody while the four others – including the woman – were allowed bail.

Those arrested as a result of Operation Silkworm were:

  • Roger Joseph Fox, 37, of Greta Avenue, Morton, Carlisle;
  • Steven John Smith, 31, of Towncroft, Dearham;
  • Luke Babester, 39, from Milnthorpe near Kendal;
  • Stephen Neill, 34, of Kirkstone Close, Kendal.

Neill was allowed bail but the three others were held in custody.

Those in court because of Operation Adder were:

  • Steven John Smith, 31, of Towncroft, Dearham;
  • Martin Smith, 30, of Grange Avenue, Flimby;
  • Grant Robertson, 27, of Barepot, Workington;
  • Michael Britland, 29, of McMinn Avenue, St Helens, Merseyside;
  • Andrew Robinson, 32, of Yew Bank Lane, Whitehaven; n Angela Clark, 52, of Robert Owen Avenue, Cleator Moor;
  • Clint Tinsley, 33, of Ashburn Grove, St Helens.

Robinson, Clark and Martin Smith were allowed bail, but the rest were remanded in custody.

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