Detectives who led an undercover sting operation into drug dealing at a string of bars have for the first time revealed the identities of eight people jailed earlier this year.
Northumbria Police’s Operation Doncaster was launched in the summer of 2017 and saw almost 50 people arrested across the region.
Four bars in the area of Collingwood Street were also temporarily shut down in the police crackdown on the supply of cocaine in Newcastle city centre.
That enforcement activity led to charges against 19 men and one woman in connection with the supply of Class A drugs.
On Monday (September 16) the final 12 defendants were jailed for a total of 31 years and officers warned that they would not be afraid to take the same action again.
And now, for the first time, police have revealed the identity of the other eight drug dealers jailed as part of Operation Doncaster.
The eight defendants were dealt with as two separate cases at Newcastle Crown Court earlier this year but both were connected to promoter Harry Goodman.
The 21-year-old university student had been working on Collingwood Street when he was approached by one of Northumbria Police’s undercover officers.
He passed phone numbers for drug dealers to the female officer and also supplied cocaine to the officer on more than one occasion.
On March 15, Goodman was sentenced to 32 months behind bars at Newcastle Crown Court after pleading guilty to being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug.
He was in the same hearing as Kamar Hussain, Daniel Young and brothers Sean and Paul Moulding who had also admitted a string of drugs charges.
The court was told how those four men had supplied cocaine to the undercover officer on six separate occasions between September and October 2017.
But it was also Goodman who led officers to another group of drug dealers who were sentenced in a separate hearing at Newcastle Crown Court in May.
The promoter had supplied the undercover officer with contact numbers for Kevin Ashong and Emmanuelle Bello so she could purchase more Class A drugs.
Across November and December 2017, the same undercover officer bought drugs off Ashong and Bello on seven separate occasions.
During the arrest phase, officers attempted to pull over Bello and Ashong as they travelled in a car in Newcastle city centre.
Ashong was behind the wheel and led police on a dangerous pursuit through the city during which it is believed he attempted to discard some key evidence.
Eventually officers brought the vehicle to a stop and arrested the men. Inside the car they found a quantity of drugs and an imitation firearm.
A court was told how police enquiries also led to the arrest of Bello’s sister Chidimma Bello who was assisting the pair.
Detectives were able to identify her as being involved in drugs supply through mobile phone data, financial transactions and a vehicle used in drug deals.
The three defendants appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on May 2 where they were jailed for a total of 11 years and nine months.
It means that in total, 20 drug dealers have been put behind bars for a total of more than 50 years as a result of Operation Doncaster.
Chief Inspector Dave Pickett, who led the operation for Northumbria Police, pointed to the case of Harry Goodman to highlight the consequences of getting involved in this type of criminality.
He said: “There is no place for drug use in the night-time economy and I welcome the sentences handed down by the judge.
“Harry Goodman in particular was a young man, studying at university and with his entire life ahead of him but now he is behind bars.
“But he has been an active participant in the supply of Class A drugs in the city centre and helped to promote a culture of casual cocaine use.
“He probably thought he was doing nothing wrong by sharing phone numbers of dealers but that has made him complicit in these very serious offences.
“As a result this young man has been jailed for 32 months and that should come as a strong warning to anyone who has participated in this kind of casual drug use.”
The eight defendants were sentenced as follows:
• Harry Goodman, 21, of Grosvenor Place, Jesmond, was jailed for 32 months after pleading guilty to being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug.
• Paul Moulding, 28, of Gowland Avenue, Newcastle, was jailed for three years after pleading guilty to two counts of possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply.
• Sean Moulding, 20, of Gowland Avenue, Newcastle, was jailed for three years and one month after pleading guilty to two counts of possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply and possession of a Class B drug.
• Kamar Hussain, 20, of Friarside Road, Fenham, was handed a six month custodial sentence suspended for 12 months pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply a Class B drug.
• Daniel Thomas Young, 28, of Prospect Place, Newcastle, was handed a 22 month custodial sentence suspended for two years after pleading guilty to possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply.
• Emmanuel Bello, 23, of Friars Wharf, Felling, was jailed for three years and nine months after pleading guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply a Class A drug and one count of conspiracy to supply a Class B drug.
• Kevin Ashong, 27, of Sanderson Villas, Felling, was jailed for five years and six months after pleading guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply a Class A drug, one count of conspiracy to supply a Class B drug, possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and dangerous driving.
• Chidimma Bello, 25, of Bracken Road, Birmingham, was jailed for two years and six months. She denied two counts of conspiracy to supply a Class A drug and one count of conspiracy to supply a Class B drug but was convicted by a jury.
Anyone with information about drug dealing is asked to contact police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
You can also report information online at the Northumbria Police website.