A drug dealer who led three separate plots to supply millions of pounds worth of amphetamine, £250,000 of cannabis, as well as heroin and cocaine was jailed.
Ruben Carroll, 28, also known as Ruben McKay, oversaw a street trade in class A drugs being sold by Merseyside criminals on the streets of Chester; ran four cannabis farms set up in Liverpool houses and sought out storage facilities for a multi million pound amphetamine trade.
Ian Harris, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court how Carroll, together with Dean Burrows, 29, arranged for a large amount of raw amphetamine oil to be stored at a “safe address” in Whitewood Park, Aintree, in May last year.
Co-conspirators Mark Flood, 47, and Stephen Bennett, 51, were seen at that address moving two jerry cans full of liquid into a car and driving away.
When they were stopped on Longmoor Lane, Fazakerley, together with Burrows they claimed the liquid was detergent for a jet wash but a police dog indicated it was drugs and they were arrested.
The cans contained amphetamine oil of 7.6L at 25% purity and 0.68L at 57% which when processed into amphetamine powder could have been turned into more than 100kg of product worth up to £1m.
Carroll, of Waterloo Road, Vauxhall, was later seen removing packages from the Bad Format club on Trueman Street, in the city centre which was raided and 44kg of “damp” amphetamine also worth around £1m seized
Dean Burrows, of no fixed abode, was already serving time for his part running an amphetamine factory from a house in Dallas Grove, Aintree but faced additional charges relating to his wider involvement in the conspiracy.
The judge who originally sentenced him said that factory was “off the scale” in terms of the drugs it might have produced which was estimated as being worth between £2m and £12m.
Carroll was also being sentenced for his part in overseeing cannabis factories at houses on Owen Road, Aintree; East Lancashire Road, Croxteth; Anfield Road, Walton and Ellerslie Road, Tuebrook where around 14kg of skunk cannabis worth up to £279,000 was seized.
Carroll also had control of drug dealers who made early morning runs to sell cocaine and heroin in Chester.
Analysis of “graft” phones used in the operation revealed they took around 450 orders a week and made hundreds of pounds a day from addicts over the first three months of 2013.
When one dealer was arrested at 10am he had already sold all his drugs and had £230 hidden in his underpants which he told the police was “for safety reasons”.
Paul Edwards, 29, of July Road, Tuebrook, who was involved for a month was described as Carroll’s “trusted lieutenant”.
Frank Dillon, defending Carroll, said that while he was in a leading role it was as “the captain on the pitch, not the manager standing on the side lines not getting his boots dirty”.
He said Carroll, a father of two and former car valeter, had nine GCSEs and was a “caring parent”.
Carroll admitted conspiracy to supply class A drugs, cannabis and amphetamine.
Judge Robert Trevor-Jones told Carroll his position was made worse by the fact he had been conducting three separate and distinct drug plots at once and carried them on even as police were arresting his underlings.
He jailed him for a total of 15 years causing uproar from the public gallery with Carroll’s brother Lee being arrested for contempt of court after aiming a foul mouthed tirade at the judge.
Lee Carroll was later let off with a warning after apologising to the judge but was told he went “right to the edge”.
Dean Burrows had two and half years added to the six and a half year sentence he is already serving for the amphetamine conspiracy for a total of nine years.
John Liversedge, 63, of Canterbury Street, off Islington, who was the only defendant found guilty after trial was jailed for five and half years for helping with the bagging up of amphetamine at the Bad Format club.
Steven Bennett, of Fountains Close, Walton and Mark Flood, of Vescock Street, Vauxhall were each jailed for four and a half years after admitting conspiracy to supply cannabis.
Paul Edwards was jailed for three years for conspiracy to supply class A drugs.