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Heroin gang boss who made £2.5m transporting drugs into Wales ordered to pay back £134,000

The head of a major drug conspiracy which saw heroin sold and transported across Wales has been ordered to pay back £134,000.

Sean Doolan was said to be the head of a gang which sold and transported large quantities of the Class A substance to locations across Wales including Newport, Cardiff and Newtown between April and December 2018.

The now 34-year-old was among 20 people who were jailed for a total of more than 150 years for their role in the conspiracy, which was estimated to have traded more than £16.8m worth of drugs over the nine-month period.

Doolan, from his base in Liverpool, acted as “head of operations” for the gang and was jailed for 14 years at Newport Crown Court in 2019 after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply heroin.

A Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) hearing held at Cardiff Crown Court on Monday heard Doolan benefited to the tune of £2,550,000 as a result of his offending.

The court heard he still possesses “realisable assets” amounting to £134,091.82, and an order was made by Judge Richard Williams to confiscate that amount.

Doolan has three months to pay the money back or two years will be added to his prison sentence if he defaults on the order. He will also be made the subject of a serious crime prevention order for a period of five years from the date of his release from prison on licence.

The court made similar orders in relation to six other men convicted for their role as members of Doolan’s gang for lesser amounts.



£16,000 cash recovered from one conspirator in Plymouth

The scale of the gang’s offending was uncovered by a police operation, known as Operation Jackdaw 2, and was read out in detail during the sentencing of the defendant’s at Newport Crown Court in October 2019.

The core base was in Liverpool which controlled a significant part of the drugs trade in Newport and Plymouth, as well as Cardiff, Newtown, Gloucester, and Hartlepool to a lesser extent.

While Doolan and Francis Westhead were at the top of the network and responsible for the overall movement and sale of heroin to “downstream” distribution outlets, among the 20 people involved in the conspiracy there were those responsible for the wholesale distribution and storage of drugs and those who acted as couriers and street dealers.

To avoid detection, conspirators used military-style encrypted mobile phones given to them by Doolan.

The net only began to close on Doolan after a number of his couriers were stopped by police and found with large quantities of heroin which could be traced back to him.

He was arrested on November 20 at John Lennon Airport in Liverpool while attempting to board a one-way flight to Larnaca in Cyprus with his wife and four children.

These are the forfeitures handed to each of the conspirators:

Spencer Killoran, 26, formerly of Elgar Circle, Newport, was found to have benefited in the amount of £200,076.94.

He must repay £3,180 within three months or he risks having a further three months added on to his sentence.



Spencer Killoran, 26, was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment in 2019

Jason Underwood, 43, formerly of Oliphant Circle, Newport, made a £143,806.98 benefit as a result of his offending, but he was found to have no recoverable assets and must pay back a nominal amount of £1.



Jason Underwood, 43, was sentenced to eight years imprisonment

Benjamin Morgan, 27, formerly of Maughan Close, Newport, was found to have benefited £6,402.14 from his offending, but no recoverable assets were discovered and he was ordered to pay back a nominal amount of £1.

He has 28 days to pay the money or he will receive five days in prison if he defaults.



Benjamin Morgan, 27, Newport, was sentenced to six years imprisonment

Robert McClean, 28, of HMP Cardiff, was found to have benefited £2,640 and must pay back £161.

The payment must be made within 56 days or McClean will have five days added on to his prison sentence.



Robert McClean, 28, was sentenced to three years and six months imprisonment

Ryan Morgan, 23, formerly of HMP Cardiff, was found to have benefited in the amount of £894.84. He must also pay back a nominal amount of £1.

He has 28 days to pay the money or he will receive five days in prison if he defaults.



Ryan Morgan, 23, was sentenced to three years and four months imprisonment.

Harri Pullen, 22, formerly of Crouch Close, Newport, was found to have benefited in the amount of £894.87 and was ordered to repay £745.

He has 56 days to make the payment or he will be given 28 additional days on his prison sentence if he fails to pay.



Harri Pullen, 22, was sentenced to three years and six months imprisonment, with an additional two years for a separate drugs offence.

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