The leader of a drugs gang that planned to flood Lancashire’s streets with £1.5m hard drugs has lost an appeal to reduce his sentence.
Father-of-three Neil Scarborough, 32, formerly of Moor Hall Street, Preston, is currently serving a 14 years in HMP Altcourse, Merseyside, after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply heroin, cocaine and cannabis.
He was sentenced in June following a long running investigation by Lancashire Police’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit, which saw 36 men sentenced to a total of 167 years for their part in supplying £1.5m of drugs onto Lancashire’s streets.
His barrister put his case to judges at the Old Bailey in London on Tuesday, arguing his sentence was excessively long.
But the original decision was upheld, meaning Scarborough will serve at least seven and a half years before being allowed out on licence.
He is said to have been the ringleader of the gang, which police said was involved in a sophisticated drugs operation that allowed them to lead flashy lifestyles.
Raids involving hundreds of officers were launched in Preston and other areas in early 2011.
Heroin and cocaine worth £1.5m was seized, along with more than £200,000 in cash.
Det Supt Lee Halstead, of Lancashire Police, said: “If appropriate a defendant has a right to appeal to a higher court to ensure justice is done.
“I am pleased the Court of Appeal has identified the serious nature of Scarborough’s offending and have upheld the original sentence.
“The streets of Preston will be a much safer place for it.”