Eight men have been jailed for a total of more than 100 years for their involvement in a major conspiracy to supply drugs.Advertisement
The gang was sentenced at Preston Crown Court on Thursday and Friday (29 July and 30 July) after Operation Collier, a large-scale investigation by Lancashire Police’s Serious Crime Team into the supply of wholesale quantities of cocaine and cannabis, as well as money laundering offences.
During the course of the investigation Lancashire Police seized more than 20kg of cocaine and £250,000 in cash.
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Enquiries indicated the organised crime group were involved in the estimated movement of more than 900kg of cocaine.
The cocaine had a street value of between £23m and £44m.
The group were able to continue their criminality during the pandemic by masquerading as workmen using vans and dressing in workman’s clothing to evade ‘lockdown’ restrictions.
The defendants pleaded guilty to supplying drugs within Lancashire and as far and wide as Scotland, West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester between January 2020 and September 2020.
Det Supt Kevin McLean, of Lancashire Police, said: “The investigative resources dedicated to Operation Collier resulting in these significant sentences show Lancashire Constabulary’s commitment to dealing with individuals involved in serious and organised crime.
“Our clear message to those involved in this type of criminality is we will target you and ensure you not only receive a suitable sentence, but lose any assets gained as a result of your activities.
“As always, we cannot achieve any of this without the support of our communities and I ask if you have any information regarding individuals who are committing crime please contact Lancashire Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
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