Three men from a Preston organised crime group received over 22 years in prison yesterday after flooding the city with cocaine and heroin.Advertisement
Wesley Harriot, Paul Harrison and Shaun Burns appeared at Preston Crown Court on Thursday 30 September and received jail for supplying Class A drugs from Liverpool to Preston, Carlisle and Scotland.
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The trio was arrested and charged with conspiracy to supply a Class A drug – cocaine and conspiracy to supply a Class A drug – heroin.
Det Insp Roger Ashcroft of Lancashire Police said: “We are committed to tackling and disrupting drug dealing activity and protecting vulnerable members of society.
“We would encourage anyone concerned about criminal activity in their area to contact the police, knowing that we will act on that information and take the appropriate action.”
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Police arrested the men as part of Operation Silk, a campaign by the Targeted Crime Unit, focusing on the supply of Class A drugs in the city, run by the Harriot organised crime group.
Between 1 April 2020 and 10 June, the group distributed kilo amounts of drugs between Liverpool, Preston, Carlisle and Scotland.
Harriot used encrypted mobile devices known as EncroChat phones to communicate with his associates and organise the distribution.
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The encrypted data was obtained by French authorities and disseminated to the National Crime Agency.
Harriot’s role within the conspiracy was to organise 11 drug runs. He instructed couriers Paul Harrison and Shaun Burns to collect and distribute drugs from Liverpool, transporting the product to Preston, Carlisle and Scotland.
In total, the gang distributed 7kg of cocaine and 5kg of heroin at a wholesale price of between £264,000 and £405,580.
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On average, the drugs network was making £2,000 a day, and over the three month conspiracy period made £182,000.
Members of the public with concerns about drug dealing and other criminal activity should call the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
A Proceeds of Crime Application has been made and scheduled for February 2022.
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