County lines drugs gang which texted customers urging them to get their heroin and cocaine Christmas orders in are jailed for more than 30 years
- Marvin Frantzen, 31, was jailed for 14 years for his role in the major drugs gang
- His co-accused Shaun Coleman received seven years for possession of a gun
- Mother of two Sandra Mathias, 40, was handed a four-and-a-half year jail term
- The gang from Merseyside were operating from Wrexham, North Wales
Marvin Frantzen, 31, was jailed for 14 years and ten months for his role leading a Merseyside durgs gang who established an outpost in Wrexham, North Wales
A ‘county lines’ drugs gang who sent out group texts urging customers to get in their orders for Christmas were jailed today.
The Merseyside gang were operating from a property in Wrexham, North Wales, where they had stored cash, drugs and firearms.
Mold Crown Court heard the gang sent out hundreds of ‘flare texts’ to customers. One of the messages claimed: ‘Christmas come early, deliveroo to you’ and another ‘Christmas in a min deliveroo to you. Get your orders in.’
Ring leader Marvin Frantzen, 31, admitted conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine.
He also pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary and wounding with intent, where he stabbed another man repeatedly in a ‘frenzied’ attack. He also admitted dangerous driving where he sped at up to 120 mph in an effort to escape from police before crashing.
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He was jailed for 14 years and ten months. The court heard police also seized more than £33,000 from him following his arrest.
Fellow gang member Shaun Coleman, 26, was jailed for 11 years after he admitted conspiracy and a firearms offence. Police recovered a loaded Walther pistol from a property connected to him in Penda’s Park, Wrexham. The gun and bullets were found hidden in the loft.
As well as the lengthy jail term, Coleman was ordered to forfeit some £11,466.
Shaun Coleman, pictured, was jailed for 11 years after he admitted conspiracy and firearms offences. Police recovered a loaded Walther pistol in the loft of a property in Wrexham connected to him
Mother of two Sandra Mathias, 40, left, was handed a four-and-a-half year jail term after the court heard she was the gang’s driver, while Lee Jones, 39, right, received a two-year suspended sentence for operating as a courier for the gang
Police recovered this Walther P38 pistol when raiding one of the gang’s locations in Wrexham
Officers also recovered more than £44,000 in cash from members of the gang
Shaun Coleman, 26, was jailed for eleven years after he admitted conspiracy and a firearms offence. Mold Crown Court heard a loaded Walther pistol had been in the loft of a property in Penda’s Park, Wrexham, connected to Coleman.
The judge confiscated £11,466 from him.
Sandra Mathias, 40, of Greenfields, Rossett, Wrexham, who also admitted conspiracy charges was handed a four-and-a-half year jail term.
Her counsel said the drug addict was used as a driver and led a ‘double life’ running drug dealers around and being a ‘decent’ mother of two.
Lee Jones, 39, of Pisgah Hill, Pentre Broughton, on benefits, who delivered drugs, got a two-year suspended prison sentence with rehabilitation. His lawyer said he feared for his safety in jail.
Judge Timothy Petts said a significant drugs conspiracy lasted six months. Frantzen and Coleman were ‘leading players.’
Police found cash and drugs hidden around the house after they raided the property
Frantzen, pictured, gave a peace sign as he arrived in Mold Crown Court today for sentence
Fellow gang members Shaun Coleman and Sandra Mathius, right, looked less happy as they were led into court earlier today to discover how long they would remain in custody
Prosecuting counsel John Philpotts said Frantzen and Coleman were from Merseyside. Police kept watch on properties at Wrexham.
But in April Frantzen also left a block of flats at nearby Llangollen and climbed in the boot of a Mercedes. When police stopped the car £33,000 was seized.
Mr Philpotts said hundreds of ‘flare’ texts had been sent daily to customers. One stated : ‘Christmas come early, deliveroo to you’ and another ‘Christmas in a min deliveroo to you. Get your orders in.’
DI Mark Hughes of North Wales police said: ‘Operation Bypassed focused on taking action against a Merseyside Organised Crime Gang supplying heroin and cocaine around Wrexham. The gang was prepared to use violence and intimidation, but the operation shows that North Wales is not a soft target for criminals like this who do so much damage to our communities.’
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