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Shipston man admits part in heroin and crack cocaine supply

Stratford Editorial 5th Oct, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

TWO more men have admitted playing parts in a plot to supply large quantities of heroin and crack cocaine which was transported from Wolverhampton to dealers in Stratford.

The two are among more than 20 people who were arrested following a long-running covert police operation.

Four people from Stratford and six from Wolverhampton have already pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to charges including conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine between June 2013 and June this year.

Another defendant, James Kesterton from Shipston, has now appeared at the court via a video link from prison and pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to supply the two class A drugs.

The 33 year-old of Brickfield Lane, also admitted conspiring to conceal or transfer criminal property by paying drugs money into bank accounts and then immediately withdrawing it.

His case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on him, and he was remanded in custody.

At a later hearing Luke Stephenson, 26, of Hobgate Road, Wolverhampton, also pleaded guilty to the charges of conspiring to supply heroin and crack.

His case was also adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on him, and he was remanded in custody.

Judge Sylvia de Bertodano told him sentencing was not likely to take place until some time around March next year when those who have denied the charges are expected to stand trial.

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