Slough group jailed for supplying drugs across Berkshire

Slough group jailed for supplying drugs across Berkshire

Ryan Watt (bottom), Joshua Harrison and Stacie Wellard

Four people from Slough have been sentenced after helping to supply large quantities of drugs across Berkshire as part of an organised crime group. 

Ryan Watt, 28, of Amberley Road, Joshua Harrison, 30, of Wavell Gardens, Stacie Wellard, 36, of Frimley Drive, and Catherine Lockwood, aged 39, of Quantock Close, were jailed as part of the Thames Valley Police investigation.

Ricky Sue, 56, of Brightwell Crescent, Tooting, London and Aaron Lockwood, 41, of Main Road, Biggin Hill, Kent, were also sentenced along with the Slough group. 

  • Watt and Sue both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine, conspiracy to supply ketamine and conspiracy to supply cannabis. The former was sentenced to a total of four years and six months’ imprisonment, while the latter received seven years and ten months’ imprisonment.
  • Harrison pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine and conspiracy to supply cannabis, and was sentenced to seven years and nine months’ imprisonment.
  • Wellard, Aaron Lockwood and Catherine Lockwood all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine. Wellard was jailed for four years and nine months; Aaron Lockwood got seven years and eight months’ imprisonment, while Catherine Lockwood received three years’ imprisonment.

The group worked with unknown people to supply large quantities of drugs, including multi-kilo quantities of cocaine and cannabis, across Reading.

During a police surveillance operation between November 2019 and May 2020, the investigative team was provided with material relating to phones being used by the criminals. 

The investigation identified that Aaron Lockwood, assisted by his ex-partner Catherine Lockwood, stored cocaine in an address before it was supplied to Aaron Lockwood’s customers, Wellard and Harrison.

Near the end of the investigation, Aaron Lockwood passed the use of an encrypted phone to Sue.

Wellard and Harrison prepared the drugs to be sold on to customers across Berkshire.

Watt sourced his drugs from the same upstream supplier as Aaron Lockwood and Sue.

Following searches of the defendants properties beginning in May 2020, more than 1.5kg of cocaine and 8.9kg of cannabis were recovered, along with cash totalling more than £49,000.

The men and women were issued with summons on August 3, 2021.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Andrew Hall, of the Serious Organised Crime Unit, said: “The sentences passed down to these men and women today marks the end of a significant intelligence-led investigation following information received from the National Crime Agency.

“This was a very significant drug supply network, and those convicted brought large quantities of class A and class B drugs into the Thames Valley with the intention of flooding the area with them.

“I would like to pay tribute to all of our officers and staff, and our partners at the Crown Prosecution Service and the NCA for their support in securing these convictions and sentences.

“As a result of this successful partnership work, six members of this OCG will now spend significant spells in prison as a result.

“We will never tolerate the production and supply of drugs in our communities.

“They cause untold harm, particularly to those who are vulnerable, and tackling this type of criminality remains one of Thames Valley Police’s top priorities.

“Six major figures involved in the supply of class A and class B drugs have now been brought to justice, and they will be unable to bring harm to our communities for many years to come.

“Our Stronghold team will proactively and robustly pursue and prosecute offenders, and our activity will be both visible and covert to ensure that the harm brought into our communities by organised crime groups is removed.

“I would like to reassure our communities that we will continue to tackle drug supply and will continue to bring offenders before the courts where they belong.

“I would also urge anybody who has information about drug supply and production to get in touch with police.

“You can do so in the strictest confidence, either by calling 101, or by reporting anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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