NERSOU provided significant support for Operation Archer, a Northumbria Police led covert investigation targeting drug dealers supplying Psychoactive Substances (street name SPICE) within Newcastle City Centre.
The operation, believed to be the first of its kind in the UK, was instigated following complaints from businesses and member of the public as popular City Centre locations became blighted by drugs, with dealers targeting vulnerable addicts. Areas such as Northumberland Street, Monument, Old Eldon Square, Newcastle University Campus and the area around the Civic Centre all became hotspots for drug supply and drug use.
The covert operation commenced in October 2016 and was finalised in March 2017. During this time evidence of drug supply was obtained against numerous individuals.
Of those sentenced on Friday 1st December 2017 Darren Argent had a leading role in the distribution of psychoactive substances to others from his home address on Springfield Road. Barry Ramsey and John Hall worked in partnership, obtaining their drugs from Argent. They too had a leading role in the Conspiracy given the large customer base they supplied to.
- Darren Argent, 51, of Springfield Road, Cowgate, admitted two counts of conspiracy to supply spice, before and after it became illegal. He was jailed for two-and-a-half years.
- Barry Ramsey, 27, of St Julian Gardens, Howdon, Wallsend, admitted two counts of conspiracy to supply spice and being concerned in supplying heroin. He also admitted taking part in a distraction burglary on a 91-year-old in Jesmond and an affray. He was jailed for a total of four years.
- John Hall, 32, of Wingrove Road, Newcastle, admitted two counts of conspiracy to supply spice and supplying heroin. He was jailed for two years.
- Reece Spearman, 21, of Hallow Drive, Throckley, admitted conspiracy to supply spice. He also admitted a robbery of a teenager in Leazes Park. He was jailed for 19 months.
- His twin, Ryan Spearman, 21, of Hallow Drive, Throckley, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply spice. He also admitted two burglaries and aggravated vehicle taking. He was given 18 months suspended for 12 months with 240 hours unpaid work and a 12 month driving ban.
- Louis Davison, 22, of Westgate Road, Newcastle, admitted conspiracy to supply spice and affray. He was given 12 months suspended for 12 months with 180 hours unpaid work.
- Nichola Day, 37, of Ladykirk Road, Newcastle, admitted two counts of conspiracy to supply spice and was given six months suspended for 12 months.
- Sarah Hankin, 24, of West View, Elswick, admitted supplying and offering to supply spice. She was given a community order.
- Daniel Macauley, 26, Of West View, Elswick, pleaded guilty to permitting his premises to be used for the supply of drugs and he was fined £250.
- Kawsar Ahmed, 56, of New Bridge Street, Newcastle, admitted being concerned in the supply of spice. He was fined £500.
- Sean Kyle, 45, of Bentinck Terrace, Newcastle, admitted conspiracy to supply spice. His case was adjourned until January for a drug rehabilitation assessment.
- Steven Southam, 33, of Ripon Street, Roker, Sunderland, admitted two counts of conspiracy to supply spice. He failed to attend court and a warrant was issued for his arrest.”