Preston man jailed for six years after drugs arrest

A 26 year old man from Preston was today sentenced to six years and six months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Friday, 13th January 2017, 4:39 pm
Updated Friday, 13th January 2017, 5:41 pm
Zainul James
Zainul James

As a result of an on-going investigation into the supply of drugs in the area, Zainul James was arrested by officers at Preston Train Station on October 10 last year.

On his arrest, he was found to be in possession of a half kilo of high purity cocaine with a street value of around £100,000.

Following James’ arrest, two more people, Nathan Gairns, 31 from Manchester and Leanne Quinn, 27 from Preston were also arrested.

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Nathan Gairns,

On the December 7, at Preston Crown Court, the three defendants pleaded guilty; Zainul James and Nathan Gairns to conspiracy to supply Cocaine and Leanne Quinn to assisting an offender.

Gairns and Quinn were sentenced alongside James today with Gairns being handed four years and Quinn with ten months imprisonment.

Detective Inspector Pete Danby of Preston Police said; “The arrest of these individuals and the recovery of a significant amount of Class A drugs was the result of a targeted policing operation.

“The guilty pleas offered up by James, Gairns and Quinn were the result of overwhelming evidence gathered against them.

Leanne Quinn,

“The supply and distribution of drugs will not be tolerated in Lancashire and we will continue to target those who pose the greatest risk to our communities in this way“

Nathan Gairns,
Leanne Quinn,