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West Wales biker gang leader sentenced over drug offences

Dyfed Powys Police seized thousands of pounds worth of drugs destined for sale on the streets of Pembrokeshire

A biker gang leader and his deputy were among eight men sentenced to a total of 28 years in prison for drug offences today at Swansea Crown Court.

The head of  the Milford Haven branch of the Outlaws motorcycle gang – a rival of the Hells Angels biker gang – and his deputy were today jailed to a total of nine and a half years for their part in the drugs conspiracy.

A ninth man  pleaded guilty to the charges and will be sentenced at a later date.

The group conspired to flood areas of Pembrokeshire with thousands of pounds worth of drugs.

Head of the west Wales chapter of the Outlaws, Michael Barnes, was described in court as being at the heart of a well-organised, large scale and potentially very lucrative operation.

Barnes conspired to bring thousands of pounds worth of cannabis, cocaine and amphetamines into the county.

Sentencing the men Judge Paul Thomas QC s said that Pembrokeshire had become awash with drugs in recent years plaguing the lives of many young people in the county.

Gang leader Barnes was jailed for five years with lieutenant Michael Orford, also from Pembrokeshire, being given a four and a half year sentence.

Steven Morris, from the Aberdare area, was jailed for six years with Dane Gosling also from the Aberdare area and Alun Lewis, from Ammanford, sentenced to four and a half years each.

Peter Williams and Ceri Smith were both jailed for 18 months while Christopher Morrissey, from Pembrokeshire was handed a one year term.

Michael Morrissey, from Pembrokeshire, pleaded guilty to the offences and will be sentenced at a later date following a Newton hearing.

It is not clear if the other men were also members of the biker gang.

Dyfed Powys Police plan on making an application to the courts against bikers Barnes, Orford and Morrissey, for a Serious Crime Prevention Order under Section 19 of the Serious Crime Act 2007 – if granted it will be one of the first orders of its kind issued.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Bergmanski welcomed the sentences handed out today saying the force would not tolerate drug offences in the area:

“In a predominantly rural area such as Dyfed Powys with an enviable reputation for being one of the safest places to live in the UK, cases such as this are not commonplace.

“Dyfed Powys Police is a small force although this demonstrates that we will not tolerate individuals or gangs bringing drugs into the area with the intention of then supplying them to others.”

Watch Kevin Ashford’s report online at ITV.com/Wales

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