A GANG behind a class A drug dealing network were jailed for a total of 18 years after being snared by undercover police.
Gareth Myas, 22, of Colley Gardens, Stanley, was the head of the so-called “Jack line.”
Through an unregistered mobile phone he deployed a number of runners to sell crack cocaine and heroin across the city between March and August last year.
Myas employed Jack Jervis, Brett Eveleigh, Richard Tasker Christopher Barker, and Liam Hollinger,
Leeds Crown court heard that Myas started dealing to fund a £500-a-week cocaine habit and pay off other debts.
But the network was brought down during Operation Grassland, a massive undercover investigation by police in which undercover officers posed as addicts.
Judge Christoper Batty said: “The ‘Jack’ line was run by Gareth Myas, a 22-year-old man who had previously been involved in the supply of heroin and crack cocaine and he held the main telephone for that line and gave to those he employed another telephone from which he could call them to give them their instructions.
“He also sent out during the course of this conspiracy promotional texts to encourage business. These texts would involve him including the quality of the drugs that he had and trying to entice people to purchase from him.”
All the defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs at an earlier hearing.
Eveleigh and Jervis also pleaded guilty to stealing lead from the roof of Wakefield Cathedral between March 20 and March 24 last year causing £16,000 worth of damage.
Myas, was sentenced to six years and eight months.
Jervis, 30, of Woodmoor Road, Kettlethorpe, was sentenced to two years and four months for his part in the conspiracy and 12 months consecutive for theft.
Tasker, 29, of Deffer Road, Kettlethorpe, was given a 12-month community order with a medium level activity requirement and ordered to carry out 100 hours’ unpaid work.
Eveleigh, 34, of Boyne Drive, Kettlethorpe, was jailed for three years and four months for his part in the conspiracy to supply class A drugs and 12 months consecutive for theft.
Hollinger, 21, of Tong, Bradford, was jailed for two years and four months.
Barker, 22, of Bradford was jailed for two years and eight months.
Speaking after the hearing Insp Richard Close, of the Central neighbourhood police team, said: “The sentences given to those who drug deal and prey on the vulnerable should be a clear message to anyone involved.
“Feedback from the communities within Wakefield is really positive, a 90 per cent reduction has been seen and we are gathering evidence on the 10 per cent left on the streets.”