Drug dealer “Scouse Ryan” swallowed cocaine when police broke through the front door
A drug dealer launched a drug operation codenamed “Scouse Ryan” just three days after his release from prison.
Callan Holland took to the streets of Swansea to recruit people to sell him cocaine and heroin and to act as smugglers between the Welsh town and its suppliers in Liverpool.
The former M&S warehouse worker was arrested by police who witnessed a drug smuggling – then stumbled across Holland after swallowing a packet of cocaine.
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South Wales Police opened an investigation in April when officers learned of a new drug smuggling operation in the Swansea area, known to drug addicts as the ‘Scouse Ryan’ line.
Swansea Crown Court learned that on the evening of May 14, police stopped a Nissan X-Trail car near junction 34 of the M4 motorway on its way back from Liverpool to Swansea.
It was driven by Magdelana Lessenew-Lesniakowsk, 35, and in the back seat of the SUV was a bag containing Â£ 11,000 of Class A drugs, WalesOnline reports.
The court heard that while the driver was in custody, her phone had received calls and texts from Scouse Ryan’s phone number, including one that read, “Answer your fucking phone.”
Robin Rouch, prosecuting, said those attempts to make contact were “no doubt Mr Holland panicked that the drugs had not been delivered”.
The next day, police were on surveillance in the town’s Brynhyfryd neighborhood when they saw a man named Neil Williams leaving a house on Llangyfelach Road and briefly meeting two men on the street.
Believing a drug deal was taking place, officers moved in and arrested Williams, 43. When police raided his house, they found a stash of heroin, so-called dealer notes with lists of quantities sold and money owed, and Holland – who was in possession of the Nokia phone linked to the line. Scouse Ryan with Â£ 625 in cash.
A review of the Nokia led police to the fourth person involved in the operation, Kelly Brandrick.
The court heard that Holland, 29, had been remanded into custody and taken to Swansea Prison. During the check-up, it was discovered that he had a packet of cocaine in his stomach.
Mr Rouch said the prosecution admitted Holland swallowed the package prior to his arrest and that it was not an attempt to smuggle drugs.
The court heard that the prosecution said Holland activated the Scouse Ryan line three days after his release from prison and then recruited Williams, Lessenew-Lesniakowsk and Brandrick to work for him.
Holland, of Clarence Drive, Cuddington, Cheshire; Neil Tony Stanley Williams, of Llangyfealch Road, Brynhyfryd, Swansea; Lessenew-Lesniakowsk, of Victoria Road, Gowerton; and Brandrick, of Neath Road, Plasmarl, Swansea, had all previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply heroin and cocaine when they appeared in court today to be convicted.
Holland had 13 previous convictions for 21 offenses, including possession of heroin with the intention of obtaining supplies from Swansea Crown Court in January 2018. He was sentenced to 40 months in prison for the case and was sentenced to was released under license on April 6 of this year.
Williams had 12 previous convictions for 65 offenses, including dishonesty cases and simple drug possession. Neither Lessenew-Lesniakowsk nor Brandrick have been convicted before.
Peter Hunter, defending Holland, said the accused had an 18-month-old daughter and had previously worked in an M&S warehouse before suffering from stress and anxiety.
He said his client’s previous arrest for trafficking left him in debt to others, and upon his release he returned to trafficking to try to pay what he owed. He added that the death of Holland’s father while in pre-trial detention had “crystallized” in his mind the need to break the cycle of delinquency.
Jon Tarrant, defending Williams, said he had significantly reduced his offenses over the past decade, but got involved in Operation Scouse Ryan because of a debt he had “inherited” of a partner.
Tom Scapens, defending Lessenew-Lesniakowsk, said his client was a mother of four young children and her involvement in the operation was limited to a single round trip to Liverpool, a trip he described as “act of stupidity”.
And David Singh, defending Brandrick, said a number of documents submitted to the court showed the “complex mental health issues” in the accused’s life.
Recorder Greg Bull, QC, told the defendants that they had each been involved in a well-organized plot to deliver Class A drugs to the streets of Swansea.
He said that if Holland had been the “main driver” of the operation, the others had been “willing participants” and, if the police had not intervened, it could have turned into a larger plot.
Holland was sentenced to four years and one month in prison and Williams to two and a half years.
Lessenew-Lesniakowsk was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered to attend a rehabilitation course.
Brandrick was sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years, and was also ordered to attend a rehabilitation course and undergo mental health treatment.
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