15 convictions made after large cannabis conspiracy in Kent

By Liberty Magee

There were 15 convictions made yesterday at the Old Bailey after numerous members of organised crime group pleaded guilty to producing cannabis and abstracting electricity.

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Photo from Canal Basin, Gravesend. 

The team produced an estimated £25 million worth of Cannabis across Kent and Norfolk between 2013 and 2015.

The group operated in locations in Rochester, Sittingbourne, Gravesend and Norfolk.

Two people were arrested but found not guilty by a jury.

Detective Inspector James Derham, Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “This was a highly organised and prolific conspiracy to produce and sell cannabis on an industrial scale.”

Trials began at the Old Bailey on the 5th September 2016 and came to an end yesterday.

The defendants prior to the first Trial, which took place at the Old Bailey between 5 September and 28 November 2016 are:

  • James Allen, 39 and of Woolwich Road in Abbey Wood, London, pleaded guilty to five counts of conspiring to produce cannabis and three counts of abstracting electricity.

  • Stephen Macey, 25 and of Commercial Road in Paddock Wood, pleaded guilty to five counts of conspiring to produce cannabis and five counts of abstracting electricity.

  • Christopher Marsh, 30 and of Ethelbert Road in Margate, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to produce cannabis and one count of abstracting electricity.

  • Damon Mills, 18 also of Ethelbert Road in Margate, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to produce cannabis and one count of abstracting electricity.

The eight defendants tried at the Old Bailey between 5 September and 28 November 2016 were:

  • Michael Edward Corcoran, 51 and of Mount Avenue in Yalding, was found guilty of seven counts of conspiring to produce cannabis and five counts of abstracting electricity.

  • Michael Jay Corcoran, 28 of Odo Rise in Gillingham, the son of Michael Edward Corcoran, was found guilty of four counts of conspiring to produce cannabis and four counts of abstracting electricity.

  • Stefan-Alex Henderson Clarke, 27 and Kennedy Walk in Walworth, London, was found guilty of four counts of conspiring to produce cannabis and four counts of abstracting electricity.

  • Stuart Sollis, 51 and of Bowyer Street in Camberwell, London, was found guilty of five counts of conspiring to produce cannabis and four counts of abstracting electricity.

  • David Heath, 48 and of Wentworth Crescent in Peckham, London, was found guilty of three counts of conspiring to produce cannabis and three counts of abstracting electricity.

  • Colin Walls, 52 and of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to produce cannabis and was found guilty of two further counts of conspiring to produce cannabis and three counts of abstracting electricity.

  • Terrance Murphy, 47 and of Caspian Way in Purfleet, Essex, was found guilty of one count of conspiring to produce cannabis and one count of abstracting electricity.

  • Stephen Creed, 45 and of Beccles Road in St Olaves, Great Yarmouth, was found Guilty following of one count of conspiring to produce cannabis and one count of abstracting electricity.

Prior to the second trial at the Old Bailey, David Graham, 50 and of Plaistow Lane in Bromley, pleaded guilty to five counts of conspiring to produce cannabis and five counts of abstracting electricity.
A reporting restriction meant these cases could not be publicised until the conclusion of the second trial, which took place at the Old Bailey between 3 April and 5 May 2017. At this trial:

  • Alan Marquiss, 69 and of Disraeli Road in Thamesmead, London, pleaded guilty during proceedings to one count of conspiring to produce cannabis and one count of abstracting electricity.

  • Andrew Prowse, 32 previously of Southampton Way in Camberwell, London, pleaded guilty during proceedings to three counts of conspiring to produce cannabis.

  • Ellie Louise Corcoran, 21 and of Commercial Road in Paddock Wood, was found not guilty of three counts of conspiring to produce cannabis and three counts of abstracting electricity.

  • Gary McIntrye, 36 and of Alfred Road in Brentwood, Essex, was found not guilty of three counts of conspiring to produce cannabis and three counts of abstracting electricity.

 

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