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Connah's Quay family members jailed for 16 years

Calverts' house Bryn Road

A DRUG dealer has been jailed for seven years today for masterminding a plot to ‘poison the streets of North Wales’ with heroin.  

Giuseppe Richard Calvert, 32, also involved his mother, brother and sister in his illegal empire – and they were also sent down at Mold Crown Court.  

But the plan to import heroin from Thailand via Amsterdam to the UK was foiled by police, who carried out covert observations and placed secret listening devices in the family home in Bryn Road, Connah’s Quay.  

Calvert had planned to bring in a kilo of heroin, but his two couriers were arrested at Liverpool Airport carrying half the consignment. He sold the other half in Amsterdam at a loss. His brother Simon Calvert, 37, received five years imprisonment.

Both admitted conspiracy to import heroin between December 2010 and June last year and conspiracy to launder money. Their sister Maria Calvert, 35, a mother of four, received three years for money laundering and being involved in the supply of heroin.

Mum Margaret Calvert, 63, was jailed for 21 months for money laundering, but she will be released from prison because of the time she has already served on remand. Cardiff man Darren Hanashi, who arranged the couriers for Richard Calvert and drove them from South Wales to Liverpool, was jailed for five years and seven months after he admitted the drugs importation conspiracy.

Judge Parry said: “This was a conspiracy to import drugs from South East Asia to poison the streets of North Wales, for the sake of substantial profit. “Members of your own community would have been caused untold misery.”

He added: “The harm of heroin is a cause of enormous public concern. “The public expect that when those who are at the heart of making it available are caught they are dealt with in a way that deters others.” Judge Parry said Richard Calvert played the leading role.

He told him: “By your own admission you acted because you aspired to a life of luxury. “It is because of you that other members of your family became involved. You took enormous risks for high stakes – and you must now pay the penalty.”