Prison terms handed out to members of UK drugs gang
An eight-strong gang of drug traffickers have been jailed for a total of nearly 50 years.
The net began to close on the men, who were all from Nottingham or Birmingham, when the National Crime Agency seized 1.3 tonnes of cocaine hidden in suitcases on an Air France flight from Venezuela's capital Caracas to Paris in September 2013.
They are said to be associates of alleged international drug trafficker Robert Dawes who was arrested at his villa in Benalmadena in Costa del Sol in November 2015. He was extradited to France, where he awaits trial.
The men were sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court.
William Goldhawk, 33, of, Nottingham, was sentenced to five and a half years after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply heroin and money laundering.
Nottingham-based Jermaine Hammond, 30, and Shaun Porteous, 48, each pleaded guilty to possessing heroin with intent to supply.
Hammond was jailed for four years eight months while Porteous was sentenced to 13 years and four months.
Jamie Parlor, 28, of Bramcote, Nottingham, was jailed for five years being found guilty to possessing heroin with intent to supply.
Oliver Junior, 36, of Nottingham, was jailed for eight and a half years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply MDMA and possession with intent to supply amphetamine.
Mark Thone, 51, of Nottingham, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply amphetamine and was sentenced to three years.
Kane Price, 28 of Nottingham, who had pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply MDMA, was jailed for three and a half years.
Birmingham-based Masued Khalil, 50, was sentenced to five years and four months after he pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply MDMA and possessing cannabis.