Operation Zeus: ten charged with cocaine conspiracy

Ten men have been charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine following a major drugs crackdown in North Wales and the North West.

It follows Tuesday’s raids at nearly 30 locations across Anglesey, Conwy County, Liverpool and Manchester which led to fifteen arrests. Operation Zeus was described as the biggest drugs operation in the region for nearly twenty years.

Nine of the men – including three from Holyhead – will appear before Caernarfon magistrates on Thursday. The suspects, who were all refused bail, were named on Wednesday night as:

  • Aled Gray (34), Holyhead
  • Michael Cain Jones (22), Holyhead
  • Matthew Phillip Jones (28), Mochdre
  • Lee Eastham Jones (27), Llandudno Junction
  • Liam Joseph Roberts (29), Penmaenmawr
  • Phillip John Scarisbrick (36), Liverpool
  • Jordan Ryan Peeks (36), Manchester
  • David Cuffin (41), Holyhead
  • Lee Bamber (44), Manchester

Meanwhile, a Holyhead man in his forties – unnamed by detectives – was released on bail until he appears before Caernarfon magistrates on Thursday 21st December.

Another five men questioned by detectives at three police stations remain under investigation. Four men from Holyhead and another man from Bangor were released on bail.

Drugs, cash and other items were seized by officers along with property thought to have been gained through the proceeds of crime. But police also apologised to a family in Holyhead after their house at Gwel-y-Mynydd was raided by mistake.

Detective Inspector Lee Boycott, the senior investigating officer for ‘Operation Zeus’ said: ”Despite a number of people having been charged I’d still like to hear from anyone else who can assist us in our objective of tackling serious and organised crime. Yesterday’s operation was both complex and time consuming and I’m extremely grateful to the local communities for their patience and understanding whilst events unfolded. I want to personally reassure them that tackling organised crime remains our priority.”