ALED GRAY was one of the main ringleaders within the organised crime gang which ran a major drugs operation uncovered by Police under Operation Zeus.

On Friday, March 1, he was jailed for ten years for his role in the gang which sought to control the heroin and cocaine market throughout North Wales.

Gray, 35, from Holyhead, effectively owned two pubs in the town and admitted conspiring to supply both class A drugs.

The judge said Gray had used The Boston Arms and the Dublin Packet as the headquarters of the crime group, a sophisticated network, and he led those who had management roles and who were involved in the storage and downstream distribution of the drugs.

His sentence means that total prison sentences of 182 years and 11 months have now been imposed on 27 conspirators.


Gray had led a gang from the Holyhead area, who worked closely with a fellow group run by Matthew Jones in the Llandudno area, to bring cocaine, heroine and cannabis into North Wales.

The two gangs had joined together to help supply class A drugs supplied to them by organisations in Manchester and Liverpool, led by Jordan Peeks and Phillip Scarisbrick respectively.

The groups then combined their vast number of resources in order to distribute drugs across the region, mainly targeting the North Denbighshire, Conwy and Anglesey areas.

We now know that the four individuals named above were just a small part of a much larger operation which has seen 27 people jailed.

Judge Parry said that the conspiracy went on for two years and there had been five drugs seizures by police - including one exceptionally large seizure of a cutting agent, some 50 k.g.

If the cutting agent had been used it could have produced cocaine to the value of some £2 million.

Gray had a convert storage facility at a residential address which the prosecutor described as a drug dealer's Alladin's Cave and operated from the two public houses that he owned, although technically owned by others.

In the Western side of the organised crime, Gray worked alongside his lieutenant, Cain Jones and Richard Blake Williams who ran the preparation and distribution side.

Taxi driver Eric Rowlands, 48, acted as a courier on behalf of the Holyhead gang, both making deliveries and travelling to Liverpool to pick up drugs.

Matthew Jones and his right hand man, Lee Jones, often met with Lee Bamber from Manchester, who was believed to have been their courier.

Jones also had another partner - William Carlisle from Colwyn Bay, who controlled supplies into Rhyl, where Zach Leuty controlled his side of the operation.

Others from north Wales who were jailed as part of Operation Zeus include Christopher Bennett, Nathan Jeavons, Gareth Hastie, Andrew Aldred and Ben Hayward, who are all from Colwyn Bay.

Liam Roberts from Rhyl, Hayley Evans from Mochdre, James Hendry and Kelly Mercer from Llandudno Junction, Simon Farrar from Conwy, and the Holyhead trio of Barry Haigh, Thomas Middleton and David Cuffin were also sentenced.

Others from outside of Wales and jailed were; Darren Myles and Shaun Kearns from Liverpool and Jay Peeks from Salford.

DI Lee Boycott of the Serious Organised Crime Unit, said: "The geography of the drugs being sold was large. It was by far the greatest scale of productivity I have seen since working here.

"This was a homegrown drugs group, unaffiliated to the County Lines gangs. We do hope that the outcome of Operation Zeus will have some impact on the bigger City gangs in the long run.

"People who choose to take part in crimes like this will always be a focus to the Police and they will face lengthy sentences once caught."