Cocaine dealers tried to hide in Plymouth after going on the run

Zac and Ryan Jones have been jailed for dealing cocaine in Herefordshire, after fleeing to Plymouth with the help of Tegan Green
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Two dangerous cocaine dealers on the run who were captured in Plymouth have been jailed for a combined total of more than seven years. Zac Jones, 23, and Ryan Jones, 22, fled Herefordshire, once they realised they realised police knew about their operation and ended up in Devon.

Tegan Green, a 26-year-old woman, also from Herefordshire, helped the two drug dealers by booking accommodation for them, knowing full well that they were on the run from the law. Green walked free from court, having been handed a suspended sentence.

The two Joneses were not so lucky. Zac Jones, of Muir Close, in Hereford, was sentenced to three years and four months in prison for being concerned in the supply of cocaine. He was also given one month for criminal damage which will run concurrently and ordered to pay £265 in court costs.

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Ryan Jones, of Birch Close, also in Hereford, was also sentenced three years and four months for being concerned in the supply of cocaine. His sentence will run concurrently with two months for assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He was also ordered to pay £165 in court costs.

Green, from Herrick Vale in Ledbury, Herefordshire was given an eight-month-and-two-week sentence, suspended for 12 months. She was also given a 7pm to 7am curfew for three months and a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement. All three were sentenced on Thursday, May 30.

The warrant, arrests and convictions came about as part of Operation Target, West Mercia Police's work to tackle serious and organised crime.

Detective Sergeant Jim Moore, of Hereford Proactive CID, said: "This was a lengthy and complex investigation into the supply of Class A drugs in Herefordshire. Both Ryan Jones and Zac Jones were both responsible for running the operation taking an active role, not only in the supply of drugs, but the use of threats and acts of violence."

"The misery associated with this offending is well known as is the impact on the local community, neither Ryan Jones nor Zac Jones showed any regard for their actions, fleeing the city once they became aware of police involvement."

"Green assisted both knowing them to be guilty of significant offending and booked accommodation for them in various cities before they were arrested in Plymouth. This sentence is welcomed as it reflects the seriousness of this type of offending."

"Officers from West Mercia Police will not tolerate the supply of controlled drugs and will work with the local community and partner agencies to combat it at every opportunity. It also demonstrates that those who assist offenders will be firmly dealt with, and their actions will not be tolerated."

If you have information about drugs and drugs supply and don't want to speak to police, you can report information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via the Crimestoppers website.