Six men, including two from Burntwood, have been jailed for a total of 28 years for dealing cocaine.
The case against the gang started when its ringleader - collapsed at a hotel in Rugeley, after suffering a cocaine overdose.
The prosecution alleged the group had supplied between £750,000 and £1.2m worth of cocaine in south Staffordshire between 2014 and 2016.
Sentencing the men, Recorder Michael Elsom, said there had been a ‘high degree of criminality.’
“But for the diligent efforts of Staffordshire Police all of you would’ve carried on doing what you were doing,” he added.
The operation by detectives from Staffordshire Police’s Major and Organised Crime investigations began when the leader of the Organised Crime Group (OCG) Scott Jenkinson of Brindley Crescent, Hednesford, collapsed from a cocaine overdose in the foyer of a hotel in Rugeley on 1 November 2015.
The court heard that a search of the rucksack Jenkinson was carrying and his personal property at the hotel yielded a quantity of cocaine which was prepared and bagged ready for street dealing. The cocaine had a total value of £12,000. Also seized was a significant amount of cash from the proceeds of drug dealing, scales, a screwdriver and drugs bags.
Within a matter of hours enquiries revealed that James Colbourne of Mount Street, Hednesford, had also been with Jenkinson at the hotel acting as Jenkinson’s assistant in the conspiracy to supply cocaine to the streets of south Staffordshire.
From thorough investigation and surveillance, street dealers within the OCG were identified and seen to have numerous clandestine meetings with Jenkinson.
Jamie Vincent formerly of Birch Avenue, Burntwood, Robert Kennedy of Boney Hay Road, Burntwood, and Nathan Blake of Kingsdown Road, Burntwood, were subsequently observed dealing drugs to customers on the streets of Cannock and Burntwood. Proceeds of drug sales were then passed back to Jenkinson who acted as the manager of the OCG.
In May 2016 Blake was observed by officers selling cocaine to a woman on a pub car park in Burntwood. Blake was arrested and was found to be in possession of a large quantity of cocaine and cash. Warrants were then executed at Vincent’s, Kennedy’s and Jenkinson’s home addresses where further amounts of cocaine, a safe and mobile phones were seized.
In July 2016 Matthew Falconer was arrested leaving his home address in Salters Road, Walsall Wood, following observations that linked him to meetings with Jenkinson. At the time of his arrest he was found to be concealing numerous bags of cocaine on his person worth £620.
Scott Jenkinson, aged 32, of Brindley Crescent, Cannock, was sentenced to 7 years
Robert Kennedy, aged 36, of Boney Hay Road, Burntwood, was sentenced to 4 years 6 months
Jamie Vincent, aged 30, of no fixed address, was sentenced to 4 years 6 months
Nathan Blake, aged 31, of Kingsdown Road, Burntwood, was sentenced to 4 years 6 months
Matthew Falconer, aged 40, of Salters Road, Walsall Wood, was sentenced to 4 years 6 months
James Colbourne, aged 29, of Mount Street, Hednesford, was sentenced to 3 years
Scott Jenkinson was described as having the leading role in the conspiracy with Kennedy, Vincent and Blake as street dealers. Falconer was described as a warehouseman paid to store drugs for the group.
Detective Inspector Lesley Fowler, of Staffordshire Police’s Major and Organised Crime investigations team, said: "The persistence of our officers and the intelligence gathered during this operation has led to these men being put behind bars for a considerable period of time.
"These six men played a significant role in fuelling drug crime in south Staffordshire and their sentences are very much welcomed.”
"I hope this serves as a clear warning to those who think they can commit drug crime in Staffordshire - you will be caught and dealt with. Such criminal activity will not be tolerated.”