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Drug dealer working with people in York jailed

Marcus Alcock

11:26am 27th January 2012
(Updated 1:14pm 27th January 2012)

A Liverpool drug dealer who attempted to extend his empire to York has been jailed for seven years for conspiring with three York men to supply class A drugs in the city.

Marcus Alcock, 33 of Sheil Road, Liverpool admitted to conspiring with York residents Nigel Kenneth Elders, 37, David Shepherd-Ward 41 and Jason Anthony Bates, 39 to supply drugs including diamorphine, cocaine and crack cocaine.

Bates, Elders and Shepherd-Ward all pleaded guilty earlier in 2011 and were each sentenced to three years imprisonment in September 2011.

Alcock conspired with his three York accomplices to extend his drugs supply empire across York.

On 19 January 2011, police officers from North Yorkshire travelled to Merseyside and with the assistance of Merseyside Police, they executed simultaneous drug warrants at two locations in Liverpool. As a result, Alcock was arrested and charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs in York..

Alcock remained silent throughout police interviews and only indicated that he was going to plead guilty in December 2011.

Speaking after sentencing at York Crown Court yesterday (26 January 2012) investigating officer, DC Hannah Wright of York CID said:

“Cross border co-operation has been vital in this case and I would like to thank Merseyside Police for their assistance.

“The sentences send out a clear message to drug dealers everywhere that criminals travelling to North Yorkshire will not be welcome and will be vigorously pursued. If you choose to come to York to deal drugs you can expect to be prosecuted and go to prison.

“Officers from North Yorkshire Police have worked extremely hard over the last 18 months to gather the evidence and present a case to the Crown Prosecution Service. It is their unfailing professionalism and attention to detail that has secured this positive outcome.”

The Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst praised the officers involved in the case including DC Wright, DC Jane Bentall, analyst Anna Lloyd-Jones and Chief Inspector Steve Smith.

Judge Ashurst said:

“There has been a significant recent increase in the drug-dealing activities of criminals based in Manchester and Liverpool, seeking to extend their crime across the Pennines.

“If criminals in the north-west seek to extend their activities to other parts of the country, they risk very heavy punishments. The frequent swapping of mobile phones has all the hallmarks of significant drug-dealers, and I am satisfied you were a critical link between suppliers in Liverpool and dealers in York..”

Picture: Marcus Alcock.

Marcus Alcock

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