A gang of drug dealers responsible for distributing £1m of cocaine around Lancashire have been jailed for a total of 150 years.
Nineteen men are now behind bars, including Ian Waller, 35 of Newarth Lane, Hesketh Bank, who was jailed for 14 years, seven months for conspiracy to supply drugs.
Kevin Rimmer, 31, of Towngate, Eccleston, Chorley was given six months for conspiracy to supply cocaine and Alan Evans, 33, of The Green, Hesketh Bank was handed seven years, seven months for conspiracy to supply drugs including cocaine.
The gang was recruited from across the North West, with members from Skelmersdale, Liverpool and Bootle, and their reach stretched from Merseyside to Scotland.
In total throughout the two-year police operation to bring down the gang, drugs to the street value of around £1m were found, along with £200,000 in cash.
Assets including luxury homes and prime building land valued at up to £6m have also been seized and will be subject to future POCA hearings.
Speaking after the final sentencing at Liverpool Crown Court, Detective Chief Inspector Graham Gallagher of Lancashire’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit said: “I am pleased with the overall sentences that have come following a long and complex investigation lasting over two years into these criminals and their drug dealing activities.
“This operation has dismantled a gang responsible for the supply of hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of drugs, mainly cocaine, across the south Lancashire area.
“I am also satisfied that these people have now been removed from our neighbourhoods and that’s down to the determination and professionalism the staff of Lancashire Constabulary in bringing to justice organised criminals who blight our communities.”