A police chief has praised staff at a Scarborough hotel for their role in helping to uncover a drugs supply chain.
Three men were found in a barricaded room at the annex of the Travel and Holiday Lodge, in Valley Road, surrounded by a collection of Class A drugs following a police raid in October 2011.
They had been ordered to travel across the Pennines to peddle cocaine and heroin over several weeks. After two of the men checked in to the hotel, police informed staff they were under surveillance.
Days later, thanks to their co-operation, officers swooped on the room and arrested the trio, resulting in them being jailed last month.
Detective Inspector Paul Sweeting, of Scarborough CID, said: “I would like to thank the hotel staff for their public service. With their co-operation and support, we were able to bring these offenders to justice.”
The Scarborough News revealed how Liverpudlians, Daniel Hughes and Lee Callery, both 21, had been ordered by their suppliers to push drugs in the town to pay off their own drug debts. During several trips over nine weeks, the pair had come across Kieran Cassidy, 25, of Albermarle Crescent, Scarborough, and he had agreed to store some of the cocaine for them.
Matters first came to the attention of the police when they received a report of two men dealing drugs in the town’s Museum Gardens in September 2011. The following month, officers executed a warrant at the hotel, breaking into the room because the door had been barricaded with a chair and recovering quantities of cannabis and heroin worth several hundred pounds, together with over £800 in cash. A later search at Cassidy’s home saw 45 wraps of cannabis, worth £450, recovered, as well as cocaine, worth £590, which he had been “warehousing” for his co-accused.
Cassidy was jailed for 15 months and his co-defendants for two years each.
Hotel owner Richard Dean said: “We have hundreds of people staying with us each year and we don’t know everybody. The police tipped us off and we just kept a low profile while they did their job. We were happy to help and I’m pleased they’ve been apprehended.”