Colchester: Drug gang leaders jailed
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Shannon O'Boyle, left, and Donovan Core, right
The leader of a drug operation set up to supply crack cocaine and heroin into Colchester has been jailed.
Shannon O’Boyle was jailed for four years and six months alongside his right-hand man Donovan Core, who was handed 33 months in prison.
The pair, both from Northampton, were running a drug line from the home of a vulnerable woman in Colchester.
They made her feel unsafe and even told her to tell police they were relatives who were visiting if she was ever asked.
But on March 31 this year, specialist officers from our Op Raptor North team attended the woman’s home and found them in possession of a known County Line phone number along with more than £1,000 in cash and £2,350 worth of drugs hidden in the home, including in the woman’s toilet.
When tested, the drugs proved to be 199 wraps of cocaine and 85 wraps of heroin.
When questioned, O’Boyle denied having any connection to the drugs line while Donovan replied no comment to all questions.
O’Boyle, 27, of Townsend Close, Wellingborough, was charged with being concerned in the supply of heroin, concerned in the supply of crack cocaine and possession of cannabis.
Core, 26, of The Rylstone, Wellingborough, was charged with being concerned in the supply of heroin, concerned in the supply of crack cocaine.
The pair admitted all counts and were sentenced at Northampton Crown Court on September 30.
O’Boyle was handed four years and six months in prison while Core, 26, of The Rylstone, Wellingborough, was 33 months.
We have also assisted to ensure the vulnerable woman has been safeguarded.
Detective Sergeant Tom Coppin, of Op Raptor North, said:
“These two men were playing a significant part in Class A drug supply in Colchester and in doing so, they preyed upon a vulnerable woman and took over her home, as and when they wanted to use it, as a base to run their operation in the town.
“But they were found out and they were unable to provide any defence to the charges levelled at them.
“Drugs wreck the lives of those who take them and those who sell them – and their families.
“Our Op Raptor North officers will continue to disrupt criminality and Class A drug supply across the area and strive to protect those most vulnerable in our community.”