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Members of Lichfield drug dealing family are jailed

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Members of a Lichfield family and a close friend, who ran a business supplying cannabis to drug users in the city have been jailed for a total of five years.

Tina Gair, aged 45, described as the “head” of the family’s illegal drugs business, was sent to prison for two years by a judge at Birmingham Crown Court.

Her husband, Richard Gair, aged 47; their daughter Kerri aged 24 of Leyfields, Lichfield and family friend Patsy Lenton, aged 37, of Stychbrook Gardens, Lichfield, were each given one year prison sentences.

Son, Duane Gair, aged 20, was given a 10 month prison sentence suspended for two years.

They were all snared after police launched a surveillance operation into the family’s illegal activities. Officers witnessed drug deals taking place which prompted them to raid the Gair family home in Meadowbrook Road, Lichfield.

All five had denied charges of conspiracy to supply cannabis but changed their pleas to guilty on the seventh day of their trial.

They now face an investigation under the Proceeds of Crime act to recover any assets accrued from their criminal activities.

The jury heard that none of the Gairs had a job and were claiming state benefits, including income support, tax credits, carers’ allowance and child benefit.

Mr Tim Harrington, prosecuting, said mother of 12, Tina Gair, was head of the family and head of their drug “business.”  She recruited her husband, children and a close family friend to assist.

Inspector Trevor Steventon, Commander of Lichfield neighbourhood policing Unit, welcomed the sentences. He said:

“Drug dealing and the criminal activity it attracts, is of concern to many communities and I very much welcome these sentences.

“They will serve to send a very powerful message to anyone thinking of dealing drugs that police will take positive action on behalf of the law abiding members of the community and bring offenders to justice.

“I hope the sentences will also reassue the people of Lichfield that drug dealers and the associated crime and anti-social behavior they bring will be rooted out by police.”

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9 Comments

  1. stan

    20th November, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Bloody good show! lock them up

  2. stan

    21st November, 2009 at 11:15 am

    I see elsewhere that the prospect of eviction from thier property is rubbished by family members as the “at home” kids will be looked after by siblings, well they should read thier tenancy agreement “tenants shall not take any part in criminal activities”, I think drug dealing just about qualifies as such.

    At least the DSS can withold benefits whilst the Von Gair family are inside, Tina may lose a few stone on porridge breakfasts, they may all learn a trade too, other than mending scrap cars and staffing the lombard chinese takeaway, i hope the place gets a visit from the health department

  3. Tax Payer

    21st November, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    STAN – Where is the “elsewhere” ?

  4. josie simpson

    21st November, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Glad that they have been taken off our Lichfield streets, it is about time! im glad for once that my tax money is actually being put to good use.

  5. Meadowbrook

    23rd November, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Finally, but what a shame the sentences weren’t longer – maybe things will improve around here a bit now, but I doubt it if many of the rest of the family are staying in the house :(

    We’ve put up with years of abuse, threats and crime from these low-lives, at least we may have a few months peace now.

  6. About time

    23rd November, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Well done to the moderators of this site for clearing up some of the abusive threats left by the family over the weekend. I’m sure they are very emotional about the fact their family members will be locked up for the forseeable future but what they seem to forget in the midst of all of their complaints about people disrespecting them is that they disrespected themselves. Yes people will be glad to see them locked up because they are convicted drug dealers. Whether the family members like that or not that is what they are and that will be something that goes everywhere with them. Also they clearly were trouble given the fact they have been sent to prison so to come on here saying they did nothing wrong is incorrect. They were caught, tried and sentenced – plus they even admitted it. That is the way the justice system works.

    They got what they deserved.

  7. Tax Payer

    23rd November, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Surely it would be better for the grown ups to move on -get their own place -and start to contribute to society.
    The young should go to care and foster homes that could teach then right and wrong while they are still untainted.
    If there is no further official action – does anyone believe things will improve in the area?
    Is 12mths/6mths and zero likely to deter people from illegal activities?
    With an income,from the tax payer,much larger than the average hard working person could dream of why did they resort to crime?
    They did not need money for food/shelter so is/was it purely from greed/avarice?

    The family could turn this into something good and useful by contributing to this debate and explain why they do not work and why some prefer crime.

  8. josie simpson

    23rd November, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    couldnt agree more with the last two comments and the abusive language used by members of their family on this site just demonstrates the lack of respect they have for anything or anybody.

  9. Phil

    23rd November, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Due to a high number of inappropriate comments we have now closed the comments on this post. Some users have been black-listed as a result. In future, please keep all comments on topic and be courteous. Anyone not doing so may find themselves blacklisted also.