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Busted Drugs gang who dressed as workmen jailed for combined total of more than 100 years

It is estimated that the group was involved in the movement of more than 900kg of cocaine with a street value between £23m and £44m

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The eight were jailed for a combined total of more than 100 years

The eight were jailed for a combined total of more than 100 years

The eight were jailed for a combined total of more than 100 years

Eight members of a drugs gang who dressed as workmen to get around lockdown restrictions have been sentenced to more than 100 combined years for their involvement in dealing across West Yorkshire and Lancashire. 

The eight men were sentenced at Preston Crown Court on July 29 and 30 after police seized more than 20kg of cocaine and £250,000 in cash.

It is estimated that the group was involved in the movement of more than 900kg of cocaine with a street value between £23m and £44m.

The gang masqueraded as workmen using vans and dressing in workman’s clothing to evade lockdown restrictions.

They eventually pleaded guilty to supplying drugs within Lancashire and as far and wide as Scotland, West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester between January 2020 and September 2020.

Ashley Haynes, 27, of Mersey Street, Ashton-On-Ribble, Preston, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A (cocaine) and conspiracy to supply Class (cannabis) drugs.

He was sentenced to 20 years and three months in prison.

Anthony Haynes, 58, of Tristan Avenue, Walmer Bridge, Preston, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A (cocaine).

He was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

Joshua Harrison, 34, of Ingleborough Road, Lancaster, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A (cocaine) and conspiracy to money launder.

He was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

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Anthony Dexter, 42, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A (cocaine), conspiracy to supply Class (cannabis) drugs and conspiracy to money launder.

He was sentenced to 12 years and nine months in prison.

Sebastian Haigh, 32, of Church Brow, Halton, Lancaster, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A (cocaine), conspiracy to supply Class (cannabis) drugs and conspiracy to money launder.

He was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Ryan Alty, 31, of Belle Field Close, Penwortham, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A (cocaine), conspiracy to supply Class (cannabis) drugs and conspiracy to money launder.

He was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Leon Mansley, 34, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class A (cocaine) and conspiracy to money launder.

He was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Paige Hambleton, 26, of Lostock Lane, Bamber Bridge, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to money launder.

She was sentenced to 21 months in prison, suspended for two years.

Michael Newsham, 31, of Barn Hey, Longton, Preston, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A (cocaine) on September 2, 2020.

He was sentenced to five years and three months in prison.

Det Supt Kevin McLean, of Lancashire Police, said: “The investigative resources dedicated to Operation Collier resulting in these significant sentences show Lancashire Constabulary’s commitment to dealing with individuals involved in serious and organised crime.

“Our clear message to those involved in this type of criminality is we will target you and ensure you not only receive a suitable sentence, but lose any assets gained as a result of your activities.

“As always, we cannot achieve any of this without the support of our communities and I ask if you have any information regarding individuals who are committing crime please contact Lancashire Constabulary on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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