Drug dealers operating in Weston-super-Mare jailed

Thomas Dean, Daniel Frank, Peter Melia and Matthew Tarr
Image caption Police estimate the group made about 3,000 drug deals in Weston

Members of an organised crime gang have been jailed for selling drugs on the streets of Weston-super-Mare.

At Bristol Crown Court, Thomas Dean, 22, Peter Melia, 24, and Daniel Frank, 20, all from Liverpool, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Dean also pleaded guilty to blackmail after he made threats to a local woman who refused to deal drugs for him.

Dean was jailed for seven and Melia for three years. Frank will serve three years in a young offenders institution.

Sentencing Dean, Judge Julian Lambert said he was a "persistent drug dealer" who played a "significant role" in the "large-scale conspiracy".

Melia was described as "a sophisticated and violent criminal" by the judge.

A fourth man, Matthew Tarr, 36, from Weston, who was recruited by the gang as a dealer, was jailed for four years for conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Det Sgt Saj Rizvi said: "Based on the amount of money that went through Thomas Dean's bank accounts, we estimate this group made around 3,800 deals during their time in Weston - so around 25 a day."

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