Heroin dealer jailed after link to £1.6m Derbyshire drugs probe

Steven Crossland, 38, of Albion Road, New Mills. Convicted defendant in the police Operation Chromium drugs case.
Steven Crossland, 38, of Albion Road, New Mills. Convicted defendant in the police Operation Chromium drugs case.
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A High Peak man has been jailed and two Buxton men have been fined after they were linked to a £1.6 million Derbyshire drugs investigation.

Leicester Crown Court heard on Friday how Steven Crossland was jailed for four years, Aaron Hamilton was fined £2,500 and Andrew Bradley was fined £620.

Aaron Hamilton, 19, of Dakin Avenue, Buxton. Convicted defendant in the police Operation Chromium drugs case.

Aaron Hamilton, 19, of Dakin Avenue, Buxton. Convicted defendant in the police Operation Chromium drugs case.

The men were linked to a 14-strong gang which was convicted after a trial in October for connections to drug-related offences including possessing or supplying drugs such as amphetamines, diazepam and cannabis and converting criminal property.

Crossland, 39, of Albion Road, New Mills, was found guilty of possessing heroin with intent to supply and not guilty of conspiracy to convert criminal property.

Hamilton, 19, of Dakin Avenue, Buxton, pictured centre, admitted conspiracy to convert criminal property.

Bradley, 36, of Ferneydale Avenue, Buxton, pictured bottom, pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing amphetamine, and possession of cannabis and was found not guilty of conspiracy to convert criminal property.

Pictured is Andrew Bradley, 36, of Ferneydale Avenue, Buxton. Convicted defendant in the police Operation Chromium drugs case.

Pictured is Andrew Bradley, 36, of Ferneydale Avenue, Buxton. Convicted defendant in the police Operation Chromium drugs case.

A fourth man Gavin Logan, 28, of Hayton Avenue, South Shields, was sentenced on Friday after he was found guilty of conspiracy to convert criminal property and was given an 18 month suspended sentence and a three month curfew.

Hamilton, Bradley and Logan must pay £150, £100 and £200 costs respectively.

Derbyshire Constabulary seized £50,000 in cash, drugs worth over £30,000 and a spreadsheet relating to alleged drugs and contraband transactions of over £1m during its Operation Chromium investigation.

Officers carried out raids and the accused were charged between May 7 and 23, last year. Police claimed the gang was linked to over £1.6m of takings.

The other ten convicted men from Darley Dale, Middleton-by-Wirksworth, Chesterfield, Hope Valley, Great Longstone, Buxton, Renishaw, Draycott and Doncaster are to be sentenced at a further hearing.