Vaughan’s Drug Gang

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Here we profile the members of James Vaughan’s gang.

Gavin Heath

COCAINE user Heath, Vaughan’s first right-hand man, worked for him for 18 months.

On one occasion he ruined a batch of Vaughan’s cocaine when he tried to mix it with a cutting agent – which led to a beating from his boss.

Vaughan once put £500 worth of cocaine through his letterbox, knowing he wouldn’t be able to resist it, and then made him work off the debt.

After the police found the drugs at Freddie Fields’ flat in Portsmouth they analysed his mobile phone which led them to Heath, 39, a roofer, of Stanmer Villas, Brighton, who was jailed for nine years.

Jason Rizza

FORMER estate agent Rizza was one of Vaughan’s dealers covering Portsmouth and Fareham.

Rizza, 35, of Gordon Road, Fareham, got involved in the ring after he rented a room from Vaughan in March 2008.

He was a steroid user and bought packages of cocaine for £3,000 at a time. He had two convictions for dealing ecstasy tablets from 2001 and 2002. In 2002 he was found with 5,000 tablets. The judge said: ‘In 2008 and 2009 you were one of James Vaughan’s most trusted associates. You were a distributor of drugs in Hampshire.’

Rizza was jailed for six years and four months.

Darrell Langstone

BOUNCER Darrell Langstone was a debt collector for Vaughan.

It was the 35-year-old’s job to make sure that people in Portsmouth who owed money paid up. Langstone, of no fixed address but formerly of Birmingham, was jailed for four and a half years.

He has previous convictions for assault but the judge said that there was no evidence he had used violence against people to get money.

He worked for Vaughan from September 2006 to October 2007 and since then he had turned his life around, the court heard.

Simon Collins

COLLINS worked as a debt collector for Vaughan after the pair met on Facebook.

He had previously worked at a scrapyard but was jailed for stealing 80 catalytic converters, worth £3,200.

Collins, 30, of Marlborough Drive, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, was only involved in the operation for 49 days.

Unlike many others in the group Collins was not a cocaine user.

As well as collecting payments Collins paid for shipments of the cutting agent from China via the Western Union Money Transfer.

He was jailed for four years.

Andrew Newington

NEWINGTON took over as Vaughan’s right-hand man from Gavin Heath but then turned on him to tell the police everything. The 28-year-old, of Queens Park Road, Brighton, was given a reduced sentence for his part but he was still jailed for six years.

A roofer by trade, he got involved through working with Heath.

Newington incriminated Vaughan and Rizza.

Newington organised the collection of the cocaine from London that Vaughan’s group sold on. He would also mix the cocaine with a cutting agent to increase their profits.

Barry Young

YOUNG, a carpenter by trade and an errand boy in the organisation, was jailed for two years and four months.

The 26-year-old, of Dormy Close, Sarisbury Green, was a cocaine user who got involved when Jason Rizza rented a room in a house Young lived at.

From March to November 2008 Young ran errands in return for cocaine. When police raided Young’s house they found a hydraulic press system used for making the cocaine in the garage. Young claimed Rizza had put it there when he moved in. He turned on Vaughan and told the police what they wanted to know.

Samuel D’Cruze

SAMUEL D’Cruze is a boxer who received a reduced sentence of four years in jail after providing the police with information.

That sentence was later reduced on appeal to one year.

The 36-year-old, who at the time gave his address as Broad Reach, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, was running a car finance business when he met Vaughan.

Aaron Burdfield

BURDFIELD was a driver and general dogsbody for Vaughan, and already had a long list of convictions.

He would get cocaine and use some and sell the rest but he soon began using everything he was getting from Vaughan.

With no cocaine to sell and an increasing habit the 33-year-old of Hangleton Road, Hove, soon ran up large debts. He would run errands, collecting payments of between £2,000 and £70,000 for Vaughan. When Vaughan started threatening over money owed, Burdfield fled to Scotland. He also helped the police and was jailed for four years and three months.