Drug dealer becomes latest member of Derby cannabis gang to be locked up

Posted on 23rd February 2015

A drug dealer has been jailed for more than two-and-a-half years for his part in a cannabis dealing operation on the streets of Derby.

Anthony McDonagh was arrested during a wave of warrants in the Cambridge Street area of Normanton in February last year. Anthony-McDonagh

He was one of 16 people arrested on suspicion of a variety of offences surrounding the dealing of cannabis in the city.

Fifteen of the offenders pleaded guilty to their charges and were sentenced in December, but McDonagh denied a charge of conspiracy to supply the class B drug.

The 24-year-old (pictured right) was found guilty by a jury at Derby Crown Court on Thursday, February 19 and was sentenced to 33 months in prison.

His term brings the total custodial sentence handed out to members of the gang to 31 years, while two were handed community orders.

Sergeant Kam Sanghera, from Derbyshire police, said: “The actions of this gang were a blight on the community and had a severe impact on the lives of people living there.

“Every member of the gang played their part in rising anti-social behaviour and crime, and contributed to making Cambridge Street a no-go area.

“The difference since this gang was shattered has been remarkable. Our efforts to bring them to justice show just how seriously we take this type of offence, and reinforces our dedication to removing these criminals from our streets.”

McDonagh, of Ashorne Close, Coventry, was arrested during 12 simultaneous warrants at addresses in Cambridge Street, Baseball Drive, Reeves Road, Leacroft Road, Shaftesbury Crescent and Walbrook Road.

The joint operation between police and the National Crime Agency also saw the seizure of class A and B drugs, stolen property and large sums of cash.

Ringleaders Anthony and Deano Dharam ran the operation out of their homes in Cambridge Street and Baseball Drive. They commanded a network of street dealers who operated throughout the area delivering cannabis and collecting payment for the drugs.

Anthony, 26, was jailed for five years and four months for conspiracy to supply class B controlled drugs, while Deano, 21, was jailed for six years for possessing class B controlled drugs with intent to supply.

Their father Paul Dharam, 47, of Cambridge Street, was locked up for three-and-a-half years for conspiracy to supply controlled drugs. Danielle Dharam, 24, of Pittar Street, Derby, was jailed for two-and-a-half years for the same offence. Tammy Thomas, 29, of Helston Road, Leeds, also received a 21 month sentence after admitting the same charge.

Among the other offenders was a 17-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons, who was given a four-month detention and training order for conspiracy to supply controlled drugs.

Anyone who wants to give information on drugs activity in their area can do so anonymously by calling Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

People can also call Derbyshire police on 101.

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