TWO men involved in producing, packaging and distributing the class A drug Methadone to customers as far away as Australia from a house in Leamington have been jailed.
Warwick Crown Court heard Kris McGuire and Luke Greer were arrested after the police raided the house where they were both living and found drugs worth more than £100,000.
McGuire pleaded guilty to being concerned in the production of Methadone, possessing Methadone and a class B drug known as APB with intent to supply them and being concerned in their supply.
As well as being jailed for five-and-a-half years for those offences, 27-year-old McGuire, now of no fixed address, was given a consecutive six-month sentence for possessing a forged passport.
Greer, also 27, of Princes Street, Leamington, at the time, but now also of no fixed address, admitted permitting the premises to be used for the production and supply of Methadone.
He was jailed for 21 months – but was expected to be released almost straight away because of the time he had already spent on remand in custody.
Prosecutor Laura Hobson said in April 2014 the letting agent turned up at the address in Princes Street to carry out an inspection, and became suspicious about what was going on.
He contacted police who found Greer at the house when they went with a search warrant, but he claimed he did not live there and was just looking after a dog for someone.
As the officers carried out their search McGuire arrived at the house and, on seeing the police, ran off, but was caught, and both men were arrested.
Miss Hobson added it was clear the address was being used for the production of Methadone, and drugs worth more than £100,000 were recovered, as well as £3,567 in cash.
In addition the police found APB worth £30,640 as well as small amounts of ecstasy and cannabis which McGuire accepted having for personal use.
Both men were granted police bail, but failed to return to the police station in July 2014 – and it was later found they had fled to Europe.
Greer returned in July last year and handed himself in at Leamington police station, but made no comment when interviewed.
McGuire was arrested at Harwich on his return to this country in November, and was found to have been using a false Danish passport.
He explained he had built up a drug debt and had been told to rent the house in Leamington to be used for the production and distribution of Methadone, and he estimated he had sent out 60-80 packages to addresses in the UK and Australia from there.
Miss Hobson, who said the cash has been forfeited, added Greer had no previous convictions, and McGuire had just one for conspiracy to commit fraud in 2011.
Paul O’Keefe, for Greer, said he was now clear of drink and drugs, and had been described as a model prisoner at HMP Hewell, where he had been on remand since handing himself in.
Nick Devine, for McGuire, said he had paced under a ‘contract’ to effectively pay off his debts – but he was not the ‘Mr Big’.